Tree Root

Tree Root

before 1800s

Wood with carved base

With base: 82 cm (32 5/16 in.)

Gift of various donors to the department of Asian Art (by exchange) 2003.44


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Root sculptures are shaped by the inherent nature of the root rather than being carved.


Here, the twists and turns, ebb and flow of the natural form of the tree root can be interpreted as the energy that gives life and the endless transformations in the universe. The rugged appearance is appreciated for its association with the aesthetic concepts of eccentricity and archaism in Chinese art.

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