As a national intangible cultural heritage, Guangfu Core Carving is known for its long history and exquisite craftsmanship.
The scene, Su Dongpo Tours Chibi, was carved on a nearly 3.3cm-long peach core by Wang Shuyuan, from Changshu under the reign of Emperor Tianqi of the Ming Dynasty, according to A Boat Carved in a Core, a prose by Wei Xueyi, a Ming Dynasty’s litterateur.
In the first year under the reign of Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty, the Suzhou-based artist, Du Shiyuan, re-carved the same scene in a peach core. He added boatmen on the boat and was honored as a “superlative carver.” Core carving is a unique folk art in Suzhou.
As the cradle of China’s miniature carving industry, Guangfu displays Suzhou carving’s mysterious charms of “exquisiteness, meticulousness and elegance” through its craftsmanship, lively patterns, stereoscopic impressions, concise lines, vivid figures and delicate style showed in its core carving works.