Chinese Tree Root Carving

Chinese Tree Root Carving

There are a number of fine art traditions found in China, one of which is tree root carving. This carving shows, apparently, a teak tree root or trunk, with enhanced carving of the root interior and the placement of a scholar holding a torch upward. In Chinese lore, a torch held upward represents life, whereas if held downward it represents death. This piece comes from a local collection made in the 1960s.

$400.00
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