|A bamboo tree's diameter can be up to 15 cm, the
thickness of the outer side up to almost 2 cm. These two
Qing time 清 arm rests are segments of a bamboo tube. They
are carved with motifs of fishes playing in the waves and
coins decorates with silk bands, both representing wealth
|Chinese housing decoration lays great stress upon
wonderful lanterns like this one made of bamboo,
decorated with pending thread bundles. The more popular
shape is a round one, made of red material or paper.
|A very simple example of a brush container made from
bamboo tubes. The nodia of the bamboo tree make it
possible to have sides and bottom for the vessel without
hollowing it. The outer surface shows a landscape with a
pavillion. The container was made by the Ming time 明 artist
Zhang Xihuang 張希黃.
|These two brush containers are made from the lower
part of a bamboo plant, just above the earth. At this
point, nodia are very near and have knots where branches
had come out. The artist who made the left example has
smoothened the surface, but he choosed a curved part to
give his object a special taste. Both examples date from
the Qing Dynasty.
|While the upper parts of the bamboo plant have tube
shape, the roots of bamboo can be used like root wood of
a tree. This object is shaped after an antique bronze
vessel type called you 卣. Corpus, cover and handle are
entirely made of bamboo and decorated with the patterns
of antique model.
|Also made of bamboo root, this Qing time pot with a
chain handle radiates a soft and warm character.
|Very funny is this example of a bamboo root brush
container in the shape of a cabbage.
|Two people playing with a water buffalo. Also made of
bamboo root, this wood is much darker than the last
example. Both were made during the Qing Dynasty.
|This object of bamboo root shows a wise man standing
under a pine tree. The bamboo wood itself is darkened and
thus looks a if it were pine wood.
|As a last example of bamboo root objects, a toad is
presented to the left, sitting on a dark wooden base. In
Chinese mythology, a toad is sitting in the moon and
symbolizing also the cycle of the years. Often, it is
shown with coins or gold ingots according to the New
Year's wishes for wealth.
|This is the first example of a wooden object covered
with bamboo skin. The main box is minutioulsy carved with
flowers and the Chinese character for "spring" 春. Inside the box are four small boxes,
every one decorated with a character. The whole set,
covered with the light coloured bamboo skin, is standing
on a contrasting black wooden base.
|Two interlocked boxes make this wonderful bamboo skin
covered box from the Qing Dynasty. It is carved with
|Made of wood and covered with bamboo skin is this
Qing time hat stand. The base has the shape of clouds and
the mythical mushroom. The upper part, shaped like the
hat itself, has the pattern of flower petals. Parts of
the object are inlaid with colored ivory.
|Copying antique vessel types was very popular during
the Qing Dynasty. But instead of using bronze to cast
them (a technique that was out of use since the Han
Dynasty 漢), Qing artists used a wide range of materials to
form the wonderful old types. The left example is a
vessel type called gu
(or fanggu 方觚, because
it is quadrangular), made of wood and covered with bamboo
skin. The decoration does not follow the old patterns but
is thoroughly modern with its flowers.
|Having the shape of an antique ding 鼎 vessel, additionally covered with a
black wood cover, this wooden vessel is a kind of stove.
The outer surface is covered with bamboo skin, giving it
the soft and warm character of this material instead of
cold and dark metal.
|Not even the bamboo skin makes this quadrangular
brush container make look as made of bamboo. Very special
is the quadrangular shape itself as well as the
decoration with scale-like patterns that are very unique
in Chinese art. The scales in their whole make the vessel
look as made of many quadrangular bamboo trees. The end
of the scales look like the bamboo nodia.
|This bottle should contain tobacco powder. Carved
with clouds and the symbol for longevity, it is covered
with bamboo skin to give it a light color.
|A wooden flower vase from the Qing Dynasty, covered
with bamboo skin after it has been carved with motifs of