Ancient Chinese knew how to enjoy their life and maintain good health, which can be observed in the wood carving galleries of Six Arts Museum.
Ancient Chinese literati and nobles always had an affection for chess.
While looking at the wood carving of two people playing chess, it’s almost as if we can hear the sound of the pieces being moved on the chess board.
A scholar leaves on a tour of nature on horseback, followed by a boy attendant carrying a book satchel and an instrument case.
Streams flowed through the mountains and birds chirped in trees.
The scholar enjoyed the gatherings with his friends as they indulged in drinking, appreciated paintings and composed poetry together.
The boy attendant picked up a few plum tree branches with fragrant blossoms.
Fascinated by the natural scenery, the scholar devoted himself to poetry.
A farmer returned from the field after a long day of work and encountered many auspicious animals and approached them without fear.
Man and Nature existed in harmony.
As an indispensable component of traditional Chinese architecture and furniture, carvings depict the scenes in the countryside or forest that which represents the Taoist ideology of remaining aloof from the world.
We invite our museum visitors to see this elegant artistic expression of the ancient Chinese.