Chinese Dongyang Wood Carvings Feature An Unreal Level Of Detail

Dongyang is a Chinese city located in the Zhejiang Province, near Shanghai. As far back as the days of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), it was one of the major centers of wood carving in China. Even today, Dongyang is famous around the world for the excellence of its craftsmen, who are able to produce some of the most finely detailed wood carvings anywhere. 

Examples of Dongyang carvings can be found throughout the imperial palaces of China, and in the 1700s during the Quing Dynasty several hundred craftsmen came to the capital of Beijing to decorate the capital. Many of those carvings still survive to this day in the Imperial Palace of Beijing. 

Some of the most ambitious works of Dongyang wood carving are seen in large murals, which really highlight the magnificent attention to detail by these master craftsmen. 



Dongyang remains a cultural icon of China, and its woodworkers are still actively working to keep this gorgeous tradition alive. With a little research, you may even be able to find and purchase works like these online – though the trip to go buy it in person is undoubtedly worth it. I know I'd definitely love to get my hands on one of these!

Via: This Is Colossal

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