Chinese Intangible Cultural Heritage–Boxwood Carving

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Boxwood carving, which has a history of about 900 years, is basically a kind of circular carving. Boxwood, the material, has a creamy and yellowish color, which darkens over time, giving an elegant and classic sense of aesthetic feeling. Boxwood carvings are mostly produced in Wenzhou and Leqing of East China’s Zhejiang Province, as well as Shanghai Municipality and Southeast China’s Fujian Province.

Based on traditional carving skills, the Shanghai boxwood carving assimilates western carving methods like dissection, inverse proportion, configuration, center of gravity and line. The works are mostly based from childhood stories and folk customs.

As a very precious and rare form of wood, Chinese little leaf boxwood usually grows in virgin forests, high mountains, or precipices. The plant blossoms in winter, and seeds in spring. A saying goes that “A thousand-year-old boxwood would not be enough to make a pat”, which vividly describes its slow growth. Generally speaking, a boxwood plant between the ages of 40 and 50 has a diameter of only 15 centimeters.

Boxwood carving is one of the most prominent carving styles in the south of China and has contributed to many ancient temples and buildings. It has influenced mandy unique carving styles within in China. It is regarded as a gem among the Chinese tradional arts and crafts and will be remembered as an influential craft in Chinese history. Said here, i will tell all that TOMTOP is a good store for collectors, because we provides a wide range of Boxwood carving,get more information at

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