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For a little bit of intricate finesse for your living room or dining room shelf, I suggest taking a closer look at this very beautiful and delicate Chinese cork sculpture made by talented artisans in China. The sculpture is made entirely of cork and sits within a round wooden frame. If it hadn’t been for the travels by two American explorers into distant corners of China not usually stumbled upon by tourists, these cork sculptures would still be unseen by the wider world.

The creation of cork sculptures is in part a reflection of Eastern Asian philosophy and religion. The importance of such landscapes in Chinese tradition, as seen in this sculpture, with the trees, mountains, pagodas and birds, is very much based in the philosophical/religious tradition of Taoism. Taoist thought generally focuses on the relationship between humanity and the cosmos as well as harmony with the universe. The “three jewels” in Taoism, namely compassion, moderation, and humility are the cornerstones of the philosophy/religion.

The circular frame, together with the lovingly created miniature details, all embodies the traditional Eastern philosophies the Western world is becoming ever more familiar with. Also portrayed in the sculpture are cranes, which in Chinese culture are considered as symbols of longevity and auspiciousness. The unmistakeably Chinese landscape showing rugged hilltops, pagodas (tiered tower with multiple eaves), trees and cranes means this table-top sculpture will sit well with Chinese themed décor and design schemes.

If you, or anyone you know, has a fondness for Chinese or East Asian home décor and decorative accessories, then this ‘Treasured Land’ cork sculpture will make an excellent addition to a home interior. The amazing details are sure to capture people’s attention wherever they are in the room.

Treasured Land – $39.95
Retail Price: $49.95
You Save: $10.00
from: Oriental-Decor New York,LLC