4th Hainan Root Carving Exhibition kicks off at Hainan Provincial Museum
The Fourth Hainan Root Carving Exhibition opened at the Hainan Provincial Museum on July 8, 2015.
Hainan is known as a verdant “kingdom of plants.” More than 200 root carvings have been exhibited, all of them are carved by Hainan artists.
The carvings include a wide variety of designs, including flowers, plants, birds, literary figures, and decorations. The roots are mainly carved from eaglewood, rosewood and ebony.
Root carving originated during the Western Han Dynasty (206 B.C. to 24 C.E.), and has been popular in Yanqing county since the art form first exhibited there in 1960.