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Quyang Stone Carving

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Quyang Stone Carving

Quyang County lies at the eastern foot of the Taihang Mountains in the western part of the North China Plains. It is rich in marble.

The history of Quyang-carving dates back more than 2,000 years. In the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD), Quyang was praised as the "Hometown of Carving." Some works carved in the Northern Wei Dynasty (386-534), such as stone tigers, stone lions and figures of Buddha, are elegant and rotund. Quyang became the cradle and center of the white marble carving trade in North China.

 Carvings from the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) are graceful in appearance and delicate in workmanship. Yang Qiong, Wang Dao and Wang Hao were outstanding sculptors at that time.

Stone carving in the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties have clear lines and vivid images. Some works carved at the end of the Qing Dynasty, such as the "Celestial Crane" and "Main Branch Plums" won second place at the Panama International Artistic Exposition.

Since the foundation of the People's Republic of China, the ancient carving art has been received. The artists have incorporated embossment, enchasing with modern anatomy, clairvoyance and aesthetics in carving, creating elegant and vivid works that are at once both new and natural, with profound artistic conceptions.

Quyang Carvings generally use white marble, granite, jade and depict scenes and figures of Buddha statues, fountains, animals and folk stories.