Hui’an Stone Carving, Quanzhou
Hui’an is always called “the hometown of stone carvings” with a long history. The existent figured relieves in the tomb of Wangchao, the elder brother of Wang Shenzhi in the Tang Dynasty has a history of more than one thousand years. The large dragon column of the Dragon Mountain Temple in Taibei, the blue stone building of the Artesian Spring Temple on the Drum Mountain, ornamental column in front of the Zhongshan Tomb in Nanjing and the stone columns of the grand people’s conference hall in Beijing are all the masterpieces of stone carving handicraftsmen from Hui’an. The stone carving products of Hui’an consist of four categories. They are round carvings, relief carvings, shadow carvings, and monolithic. There are nearly two hundred varieties of products.
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