When it comes to the gourd, most people would likely associate it with containers used by the older generation.
Now, as it’s slowly becoming obscured in history, some are trying to preserve the utensils’ culture by turning it into artworks.
Liang Ping An (梁平安), 70, lives in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, and has been a self-taught gourd carver for many years.
Walking into Liang’s studio, you can find gourds of all sizes everywhere, attracting the attention of countless visitors.
Liang Ping An said that he has always been fond of writing and seal carving ever since he was a child.
As the gourd sounds a lot like the word “fortune” in Chinese and is symbolic of good luck, he has been actively creating gourds since his first introduction.
He also pointed out that each gourd has its own unique characteristics adding that no two gourds are identical.
If the stem is thicker, the skin of the gourd will be thicker, making it suitable for carving human and Buddha statues, Liang revealed.
He also said that carving a gourd requires a certain level of calligraphy and painting ability as well as the capability to see what kind of gourd is suitable for what form of seal carving.
To the general public, gourds are just ordinary things, but in the hands of Liang Ping An, they are given a new life and value, transforming them into unique and precious artworks.
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