Chinese Ivory carving
In China, bone carving – one of the earliest forms of art. Its sources go back to 3700 BC., when on the plains of the Yellow River lived elephants. The greatest flowering of the art of ivory carving reached in the era of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), when Chinese sculpture has acquired distinct decorative features. In the Ching Dynasty it suited the growing taste for intricate carving, and became more prominent, being used for brush-holders, boxes, handles and similar pieces, and later large models of houses and other large and showy pieces developed. From that time this kind of arts and crafts in China has become one of the leading. Bone carving art practiced by all peoples of the Earth, but only some of them have reached absolute perfection, and managed to turn the craft into art.