The photo shows the Tengwang Pavilion miniature created by Hebei craftsman Qian Haiqiang. (Photo/Chinese Information Service)
(ECNS) — Hebei craftsman Qian Haiqiang has created a miniature of Tengwang Pavilion, one of China’s Four Great Towers in Jiangxi Province, using 158 kilograms of silver during five years of dedication .
The Tengwang mini pavilion has four stories, while its traditional East Asian hip-and-gable roof is 1.8 meters long, 1.7 meters wide and 1.6 meters high.
Its style and components, including eaves, rafters, arches, stigmata, columns, and horizontal plates, were made in accordance with Song Dynasty (960-1279) construction.
It also includes several beasts from ancient Chinese myths on its East Asian hip and gable style roof.
According to Qian, the model has 320 doors and windows of openwork craftsmanship, and each door can be opened. All doors and windows are made up of 75 six-petalled flowers, each made up of six triangular parts. The main entrance under the plaque can be opened and the pillars of the pavilion are visible through the doors and windows.
“Compared to the real Tangwang Pavilion, making this miniature version was not so easy. All its parts are so small that you have to be careful, otherwise you will screw it up. You need to be patient and persistent,” said Qian.
Qian had learned the craft of gold and silver filigree from his father for more than 30 years since he graduated from college. He finally stands out from the other apprentices thanks to his considerable efforts.
In 2016, Qian came up with the idea to build a silver model of the Tengwang Pavilion in a ratio of 1:36 using gold and silver filigree craftsmanship.
The craftsman said the gold and silver filigree lacked recognition among young people.
This craft has become municipal intangible cultural heritage and Qian passes it on to his students for better inheritance and protection.
What they inherit is not just a skill, but also a culture, Qian said.