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Monday, December 11 2023 - 20:21
Dongming Grain Painting: Charm of Intangible Cultural Heritage Created with Grains
HEZE, China, Dec. 11, 2023 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/--

What kind of magical results will be created through preservative treatment and 
elaborate collage with grains based on their natural shapes and colors?

Located in the southwestern part of Shandong Province, Dongming County holds 
the distinction of being the first county that the Yellow River enters upon 
reaching Shandong. The county has a long history, abundant natural resources, 
profound cultural deposits and a rich variety of folk arts. It is one of the 
important cradles of Chinese grain painting art.

Dongming grain painting has a history of more than 1,700 years. It stands as a 
representative provincial intangible cultural heritage in Shandong. This folk 
art involves the meticulous arrangement of various grains, leveraging their 
natural shapes and colors. After undergoing a preservative treatment, these 
crafted pieces become exquisite expressions of traditional craftsmanship. 
Embodying a natural and eco-friendly ethos, these artworks exude a distinct 
local charm. They carry the auspicious symbolism of "peace and prosperity" and 
the bountiful harvest of crops, earning them the affectionate title of 
"spiritual sustenance" adorning walls.

From the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit in Qingdao to the global 
promotion event of Shandong launched by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and 
further to the Shenzhen Cultural Industry Fair, the China Intangible Cultural 
Heritage Expo and the Shandong Cultural Industries Fair¨Ceach event has 
showcased Dongming grain paintings. These paintings, crafted from a gathering 
of grains, stand out as quintessential examples of Shandong's unique intangible 
cultural heritage. They have garnered significant attention both domestically 
and internationally.

Source: News Office of the People's Government of Dongming County

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   Caption: "A Good Friend Comes from Afar," a grain painting by Han Guorui 
from Dongming, Heze, Shandong

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