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Wood Carving of Huizhou
Wood Carving of Huizhou
Wood Carving of Huizhou
 
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Wood Carving of Huizhou

Wood Carving of Huizhou

The Chinese wood carving has its origin in the Neolithic Age. Wood-carved fish appeared in the Hemudu Culture of Yuyao in Zhejiang Province
7,000 years ago. Wood carvings of Huizhou are produced in Huangshan City of Anhui Province. Those on the ancient residential dwellings in
Hong Cun, Xidi, and Huizhou, sites of the World Cultural Heritages, are the most magnificent. The trade in the three places began in the Song
Dynasty (960-1279) and reached its heydays in the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368-1911) when many artisans engaged in the trade, leaving
behind them a considerable quantity of treasured carvings. The carvings are mainly used to decorate houses, temples, and park buildings. They
are also seen on old furniture, screens, windows, hall pillars, and railings. Round carving, relief, ad oenwork are employed to make exquisite,
complicated carvings, with the hollow-out effect being advocated. Some hollowed-out pieces have as many as more than a dozen layers, with one
layer inside another. Sometimes, a design is composed of well-arranged, exquisitely carved pavilions, trees, mountain, waters, human figures,
animals, birds, insects, and fish. They are lifelike. 

 

 
 


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