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FEATURE: Micro-sculptor’s Santas highlight amazing talent

Staff writer, with CNA

The art of inscribing small objects dates back to the oracle bone writings of the Western Zhou period (1046-771 BC) in ancient China. Later applications of the craft include fine writing in bookkeeping and cheat sheets seen in traditional Chinese civil service examinations, Chen said.

As an artistic expression, the craft of carving small objects, such as fruit pits, peaked during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Aristocrats played with them and collected them in curio boxes, Chen said.

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