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Gourd relief art, new journey of discovery about Chinese culure for foreingers

2019/7/29 9:57:20   source:sdchina.com

Recently, eight foreigners from Niger, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Algeria, Benin and Laos went to Baihuazhou historical and cultural block in Jinan to learn gourd relief art.

Master Guo Wenxuan introduced the history and development of gourd relief art in China to the foreigners and showed them some finished gourd handworks. The exquisite landscape painting, beautiful bird-and-flower painting and lifelike figure painting on the gourd unfold before the foreigners’ eyes, showcasing the charm of gourd relief art.

Different gourds can be made into different objects according to their variety, shape and attribute. Under the guidance of Master Guo, the foreigners picked out the gourd they wanted and learned how to use the nicking tool for gourd relief art. Richard from Benin is a financial mathematics major. Inspired by his major, he carved two formulas on the gourd, which are BSDE and schrodinger's equation. “Good idea!” Guo Wenxuan praised Richard, saying he is a boy full of amazing thoughts.

Cabrel from Cameroon carved Chinese characters “wu zhe” (舞者) on the gourd because of his devotion to dancing while Ali carved Chinese characters of “Alibab” (阿里巴巴) because of his name.

All foreigners gave free rein to their imagination when learning gourd relief art. The activity provided an opportunity for foreigners to learn and understand traditional Chinese culture. The finished gourd relief handiworks by these foreigners are the collusion and integration of Chinese and foreign cultures.

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