"A finely carved and detailed Chinses bamboo waterscape, featuring boat with fisherman, the underside uniquely carved with waves, late 18th/19th C., 9 1/2" long.
This depiction shows part of the daily life of maritime workers (fishermen) in the area of Fukien (coastal).
Bamboo (Bambusa arundinacea) is the most difficult wood to carve. It is as hard as horn although it is hollow and segmented. It is lustrous and ranges in hue from lemon yellow to black, with warm tones in cherry red, tortoise-shell, mahogany, as well as variegated hues. Bamboo represents longevity because it flourishes throughout the winter. It is highly prized." - Bernie McManus, Appraiser, Woodbury House, Connecticut, 10/23/1999