Use of Chinese Figurines in Penjing

Dec 13th, 2010 | By | Category: Bonsai Figurines, Gallery

There is something that one can often find in a Chinese penjing but never in a Japanese bonsai. That is Chinese figurine. As mentioned in an earlier post – Figurines in Penjing, instead of focusing on the tree itself, Chinese penjing artists work on creating a miniature natural scene in a bonsai pot or on a marble slab. And with the use of Chinese figurines and mudmen, shacks and pavilion, cows and ducks, penjing artists can complete the illusion of a landscape in a very lively way.

And Chinese clay figurine itself is a valuable, antiquated folk art in China. Every Chinese figurine is handmade; kneaded and colored by hands. The art of Chinese clay figurine can be dated back to the Neolithic Period. However, it was not until the Ming and Qing dynasties that the clay figurine had been substantially produced and became one of the main artworks in the mass’s cultural life.

In last month’s Guangzhou International Bonsai Invitation Exhibition, while I was admiring the beautiful bonsai trees displayed in the bonsai pots, I also noticed and very much appreciated the way many bonsai artists used Chinese figurines in their bonsai to enhance the power and strength of their bonsai trees, as well as to create a more balanced, lively scene.

Here, let me share with you some Chinese figurines are used in some penjing in the bonsai exhibition.

2 Comments to “Use of Chinese Figurines in Penjing”

  1. Veronika says:

    Amusing pictures, thank you for sharing them.
    I’m really very interested in the use of the mudman. I have just one (a gardener), but the size of it is not suitable for none of my tree.
    Because we have to mention, that the chinese figurines are highly capable of bringing a new perspective into the composition and they can highlight the age and appearance of tree, but they can destroy the whole composition if they were used badly.

  2. Sandy Sandy says:

    Agree! Thx for sharing Veronika 🙂

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