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The Exquisite Detail of Traditional Chinese Dongyang Wood Carving

October 27, 2015

Christopher Jobson

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Leifeng Pagoda / Photo courtesy Michael Lai

With origins that date back as far as the Tang Dynasty (around the year ~700), the Chinese craft of Dongyang wood carving is regarded by many to be one of the most elegant forms of relief carving in the world. The craft is still practiced in a few workshops in the region of Dongyang, China, and most commonly appears as ornate decoration on ‘everyday’ objects such as cases, cabinets, stools, desks and tables.

Perhaps the most ambitious manifestation of Dongyang wood carving is seen on enormous mural-like panels intended to be hung as artwork as seen here. You can see a few more examples via Lustik, Orientally Yours, Michael Lai, and XDYMD.COM

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Leifeng Pagoda / Photo courtesy Michael Lai

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Leifeng Pagoda / Photo courtesy Michael Lai

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Green Lake Hotel, Kunming

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Green Lake Hotel, Kunming

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Green Lake Hotel, Kunming

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