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National-level intangible cultural heritage inheritor of carving skill


Li Chunke makes a carving on mammoth tusk at a workshop of Beijing Light Industry Polytechnic College in Beijing, capital of China, Dec. 25, 2019. Tooth carving, originally meaning carving on ivory, is a traditional art in ancient China. It represented the peak of folk art in China during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) and became popular in the decorations for royal court. China has been intensifying its efforts in wildlife protection over the years. On Dec. 31, 2016, China declared it would enforce a complete stop to its domestic ivory trade within a year. On Dec. 31, the last day of 2017, processing or selling ivory and its products was officially illegalized in China with the complete ban entering into force. Nowadays, carvers mainly use mammoth tusks and antlers as substitutes. Li Chunke, a national-level intangible cultural heritage inheritor of the carving skill, is now teaching and passing down the craft at Chinese National Academy of Arts, Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology and Beijing Light Industry Polytechnic College. (Xinhua/Peng Ziyang)


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