The master was leaving. He foresaw what was coming.
Quietly, he packed his belongings and headed towards the western gate.
As the sage approached, the gatekeeper understood.
“Master,” he said with a bow.
“You are leaving, never to return.
Please, write something for me.”
The old master descended from his oxcart.
He retrieved his pen and ink, and began scripting his thoughts on Tao and Te.
Hours later, the master handed the finished manuscript to the gatekeeper
and departed towards the west.


Named after the philosopher, founder of Taoism and author of the Tao Te Ching. Designed in January, 1933.


Gate and scroll motif. Designed in January, 1949.


Motif derived from a textile weave pattern. Named for the great unity referenced in the Tao Te Ching. Designed in may, 1930.