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Red Sandalwood Models of “Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests” and Andingmen on Show in National Museum

Pubdate:2013-10-30

 

The opening ceremony

On October 30, the exhibition of red sandalwood models of “Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests” and Andingmen themed as “sculpture and memory” was kicked off at the National Museum. The two large models were crafted by Curator of China Red Sandalwood Museum Chan Laiwa and her fellow artisans, who is the representative of the national intangible cultural heritage “red sandalwood carving”.

The red sandalwood sculptures showed in the exhibition are combinations of traditional red sandalwood carving and ancient architecture, provoking people’s memory of the old city. “It has come to my mind for a long time to replicate the old city gates in red sandalwood models,” Chan Laiwa said, “Under the support of experts from the Palace Museum and Beijing Administration of Cultural Relics, we finally made out some red sandalwood miniatures of ancient architectures, enabling visitors to feel the traditional Chinese culture. “

 The red sandalwood model of “Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests” is made with a scale of 1:8 to the original one. It is 4.8 meters high, 12 meters in diameter, with a weight of 12 tons. The model of Andingmen is made of red sandalwood and ebony with a scale of 1:10 to the original one. The model includes city wall, a barbican entrance, a gate tower, an embrasured watchtower and a sluice gate tower. The overall model is 14 meters long, 12 meters wide and 4.05 meters high, with a weight of 6.5 tons. The model applies traditional carving techniques and perfectly combines the history, architecture, craftsmanship, and culture.

China Red Sandalwood Museum was established in 1999. It is China’s first and the largest private museum specialized in research and collection of red sandalwood sculptures and classic furniture. It is known that this is the first cooperation between China Red Sandalwood Museum and the National Museum of China.

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