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Chengni Stone Carving of Cangshu

Updated: 2012-07-04

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Chengni Stone Carving of Cangshu is listed on the Jiangsu provincial intangible cultural heritage catalogue and originated from the Three Kingdoms Period (220-280), according to historical records.

Chengni Stone Carving of Cangshu

Located east of Cangshu, Shanhuo Village, the initial place for making ink stones that use Chengni shale, a special rock at Lingyan Mountain in the area of Taihu Lake. Products were called Shanhuo inkstones or Lingyanshi inkstones.

Stone ink stones appeared to be the main objects of Chengni Stone Carving of Cangshu and decorated with flowers, grass, fruits, vegetables, birds, beasts and figures for appreciation and collecting, as well as for its practical functions.

In modern times, artists have combined Chengni ink stone carving skills with pottery designs for its techniques and developing more than 100 new types of Chengni stone pots, such as stub-shaped pots, curled dragon pots, hoop-handle pots, Eight Immortals pots and bamboo joint-shaped pots.

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