This incredible work of art looks like a fallen tree from far away. It isn’t until you step closer that you realize those odd edges and shadows are actually thousands of individual carvings made out of one single piece of wood. After nearly 1,000 years, it was finally recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest single wood carving currently known in the entire world. The exhibition hall states that the work was crafted in Fujian province of South East China by artist Zheng Chunhui. It is also his only piece of work that is known to have survived the years.
This incredible work of art is named “Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival” and is simply breathtaking. It took over 4 years to complete and is now considered a national treasure. I can see why!
It stands at a jaw-dropping 3.075 meters tall and 2.286 meters long with a width of 2.401 meters. This piece is so large that it makes anyone standing next to it seem very small. It currently resides at the Palace Museum in Beijing.
A representative of the museum gave this explanation to the creation and content of this piece:
“It gives a 3D snapshot of a period in the life of daily life of people of all ranks in the capital city of Bianjing (today’s Kaifeng, Henan Province) during Qingming Festival in the Northern Song Dynasty.”
“As such, it is also a valuable historical witness, bringing the period to life in a way that a book or scroll never could.” The intricate details that went into each and every inch of this artwork is astounding. Can you imagine doing this by candlelight when the sun went down? Or trying to work on a cloudy day? What a fantastic amount of dedication.
“It’s the next best thing to experiencing it in real life, showing rich and poor about their daily business. In fact there are 550 people in the carving.”
I love looking at what each person is carrying. It tells you a lot about their daily lives and what was important to them. The singles on each house, the wooden slats in the doors, and even the wares being sold in the stalls are amazingly detailed!
Even the details on the windows of the boats have been added into this masterpiece!
Look! He even added a rope being tossed up onto the bridge! The waves are arguably a bit free of detail, and I’m not too sure why this lake would have so many waves in one area, but perhaps it was a windy day!
This is amazing and I can’t stop looking at how detailed this artwork is! I hope that one day I can see it in person! WOW!
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