Sunday, August 27, 2006

China

The hub came back with all kinds of gifts that were given to him while in China. He spoke at many gatherings and these were the thank you gifts he received. Amazingly gracious people, the Chinese.


The first items I will be showing you are combs. When he handed me the box and I opened it, I sat, mouth open (and looking stupid, I'm sure) amazed at the detail in these special little pieces. I have never seen anything like them before and I will treasure them forever. (The teenager already has his eye on one for his goatee--I don't think so, Scooter!) A small explanation came with them saying "combing hair with this kind of comb will ease your headache and sleeplessness, refresh your mind and will make you see and hear well." Well, I'm all for that, but I don't think one of these little diddies will go through my mass of hair--maybe my eyebrows! They are just gorgeous, aren't' they? Each one is numbered and came with a small wooden square with (I think) an explanation of the meaning of each piece. I will have to let our friend Jennifer translate them for us. I need to find a display case for them so I can put them out. They are just too special to leave closed up in a box, don't you think? Hmmm, just how to do it, though. Go visit their website. The music is enchanting. Changzhou Combs, Beijing, China.




The other thank-you gift was a little banged up by the time it made it home. For some reason, the hub handed it over to a colleague to carry home and it wasn't wrapped properly. I'm going to try my best to fix these poor guys up, but the attention to detail on these sculptures are amazing. I'll never get them back to looking 100%. Oy. The one on the left was give to the hub, I think this is a scholar which fits the hub to a tee. The one of the right was a gift to Jennifer, not quite sure of the significance there, hehe. Poor guy is missing his hand. I mean, the pieces that fell off--fingers, horns, etc--are so intricate, I don't even know where to start. Grrrrr. You can find out more about these unusual pieces at Zhang Clay Figurines, China. I truly have my work cut out for me in fixing them up.

These last pieces, the hub bought specifically for me. Aren't they sweet? I love the child-like faces. I'm not sure what these are made out of, probably clay also, just a different type than the more intricate ones above. I have them sitting by my waterfall in the kitchen.

12 comments:

Beth said...

Girl,,you got a sweet hub,,those are the coolest!!! It shows how much he knows what you want and would treasure!
Hey its suppose to cool down a little this week,,I'm ready for it,,aren't you?
Have a great next week Rosie!!
:)

miss*R said...

oh wow - they are all gorgeous. I need myself one of those combs. but my favourite is the last little statues - they are goddess looking.
we went to China when Sophie was only 2 and it was the best trip! I loved it.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Amazing gifts!
I particularly love the Hub's present; it's the cutest of all! Those Baby-faced statues are really interesting...

Linda said...

I love the things from China. I have two old tiles, one of a emporer and the other an empress. They are intricately painted and very colorful. The Chinese just seem to have a different way of looking at things, especially in art.

Tammy said...

what neat gifts!!!
I need something to help with this constant headache I've been having...although the only remedy I'm thinking is to try a different blood pressure med!
Our best gift from China is our little neice Abbie Jinghua...I don't know if you might have seen her birthday post I did last week...she is now 4 years old...my sister and bil went over to China to adopt her...her mother left her in a cardboard box outside of a hospital...at least she cared enough to put her where she would be found and taken care of!
:-D

Janet said...

Beautiful gifts! I think the combs are fascinating, and I love the last two little statues. Two bad about the other statues....MEN!!

paris parfait said...

Those combs are gorgeous! And I like the statues too - good luck in fixing them up. If anybody can, it's you, my creative friend.

PEA said...

I know how much you miss your hubby when he goes away on his trips but oh boy, look at the gifts you get when he returns!! What beautiful and unusual items...every piece so precious!!! xoxo

cityfarmer said...

You're one lucky lady, the gifts and all!!!!

Shell said...

How very neat! Wow. China! How cool is that? Its one of the destinations I have on my list to want to tour someday.

Ulla said...

Ohhhh how sweet to have a hub who brings home such delightful gifts... Love them all, especially those last two little imps...

Daisy Lupin said...

What amazing combs, I have never heard of combs such as those, I will have to go to the chinese supermarket in my nearest town and enquire about them, they sell lots of lovely gift ware. I love them. Your farm was just so cute too.

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