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Friday, December 02 2022 - 19:08
Yucheng Deyuan Charcoal Carving, an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Shandong Province
YUCHENG, China, Dec. 2, 2022 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/--

Yucheng, named after Yu the Great who succeeded in flood taming, is the 
birthplace of Chinese farming civilization and one of China's 100 millennia-old 
ancient counties. Steeped in history, the four-thousand-plus-year old city of 
Yucheng is home to countless local myths and tales of Yu the Great's taming of 
floods. In 2021, the legend of Yu the Great Who Tamed the Floods was included 
in the fifth batch of intangible cultural heritage in Shandong Province.

As a handicraft of Yucheng, Shandong, Deyuan charcoal carving is a harmonious 
mix of the traditional art of carving and painting with the intangible cultural 
heritage of the legend of Yu the Great Who Tamed the Floods. These works 
materialize folklore into charcoal carvings, turn audible folklore into visual 
arts for reflection, and bring the culture of Dayu (Yu the Great) to life. It 
embodies the success of the creative translation and innovative development of 
fine traditional Chinese culture in the new era.

Despite of small size, the charcoal carving conveys a profound message. It is 
made of high-quality coconut shell carbon, mineral carbon and other powdered 
activated carbon through over ten procedures from high-pressure forming, 
activation, carving, polishing to drawing, etc. Designed with simple and 
natural colors, the small-sized charcoal carving artworks mostly draw on 
traditional Chinese cultural themes such as Confucius, Yu the Great, "five 
cows", "eight horses", plum blossoms, orchids, bamboos and chrysanthemums, and 
Peking Opera masks, to highlight the 5,000 years of Chinese civilization.

Since 2009, Deyuan Charcoal Carving has been put on exhibition at over a dozen 
major domestic and international cultural industry expos such as those in 
Beijing, Shenzhen, Xi'an, Nanjing and Jinan, as well as South Korea, making 
substantial contributions to the communication of the culture of Dayu (Yu the 

Source: Information Office of Yucheng People's Government

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   Caption: Artwork: The Spirit of Yu the Great


   Caption: Artwork: Yu the Great Who Tamed Floods


   Caption: Artwork: Yu the Great


   Caption: Artwork: "In practicing the rules of propriety, it is harmony that 
is prized."