A rare aloeswood museum in Beijing

By Liu Xiangrui ( China Daily ) Updated: 2015-12-01 08:06:49

A rare aloeswood museum in Beijing

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Among them The Lobster and the Crab-Trapping Baskets seems to draw the most attention. The work not only vividly depicts the crabs and a lobster crawling between two bamboo baskets, but also skilfully shows the crabs trapped in the baskets.

Because of the special texture, carving on aloeswood is more complex than on other materials, such as bamboo or horns, Chen says.

Shen, who used to be a property developer, took a fancy to aloeswood when he was young. A sharp eye for quality pieces have helped him gain a deeper understanding of the trees and expand his collection.

China's wild aloeswood trees have almost been wiped out, and they have been listed as "secondary-level protected plants" since the 1990s, Shen says.

Now a director of the professional committee of the aloeswood industry under the China Marketing Association, Shen has involved himself in the promotion of the carving culture and the protecting of such trees.

Besides promoting related knowledge and culture at his museum, Shen hopes that it can help people distinguish authentic aloeswood from fake pieces in the market.

Shen has also established a cultivation and protection base of wild aloeswood in Shenzhen, in South China's Guangdong province.

He has transplanted more than 400 saplings from Southeast Asia to the 13-hectare base in Shenzhen.

If you go

10 am-5 pm, daily. 3 North Guorui Road, Dongcheng district, Beijing. 010-8719-6887.

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