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Taishan Clay Sculpture


Taishan clay sculpture is a folk art form that embraces the profound Taishan culture, and has developed its unique character in the clay sculptures in China by inheriting the traditional free sketching style and incorporating abstract way of representation. It is an important component of the Taishan culture, and has artistic, aesthetic, cultural and marketing values. In October, 2009, it was elected in the second provincial non-material cultural heritage list by the Shandong government.

According to historical documents, Taishan clay sculpture was originated in the Tang Dynasty (618 AD-907 AD), and then was passed down from generation to generation until it reached its peak in the late Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). So far it has a history of more than 1,000 years. The father and son, Xuan Changhai and Xuan Xudong, who are living in Xiawa Village in Daolang of Daiyue district, are the family successors of the clay sculpture. The sculptures are mainly the shapes of a roaring lion.