Our 'Lingzhi' is an exclusive spoon made of Huanghuali from Hainan, China.
The size is 17.8cm x 2.6cm.
The Chinese term Huanghuali literally means "yellow flowering pear" wood.
It is a member of the rosewood family and is botanically classified as Dalbergia odorifera.
In premodern times the wood was know as huali or hualu. The modifier huang(yellowish-brown) was added in the early twentieth century to describe old huali wood whose surfaces had mellowed to a yellowish tone due to long exposure to light.
The sweet fragrance of huali is very distinguished, making it different from other kinds of hardwood.
The finest huanghuali has a translucent shimmering surface with abstractly figured patterns that delight the eye.
The color can range from reddish-brown to golden-yellow.
Historical references point to Hainan Island as the main source of huali. Huanghuali from Hainan Island is considered as most precious and valuable. Due to long time of using in history and extremely slow growing of Huali tress , the authentic Hainan Huanghuali is very rare and precious nowadays. Our small art crafts are made of old Huanghuali furniture components.
Outstanding design. Special and Unique.
Excellent craftsmanship and finishing.
Handmade of a whole piece of wood.
No gluing. No piecing together.
There is neither lacquer nor wax on this Huanghuali Spoon. The shimmer of the box is purely from careful polishing.
The carving pattern on the spoon is inspired from lingzhi mushroom in nature.
The lingzhi mushroom is a polypore mushroom belonging to the genus Ganoderma. Its red-varnished, kidney-shaped cap gives it a distinct appearance.
Lingzhi mushroom is usually used as one of extremely rare and precious ingredients in traditional Chinese medicine.
芝 (Zhi) is defined in the classics as the plant of immortality, and it is therefore always considered to be a felicitous one. It is said to absorb the earthy vapors and to leave a heavenly atmosphere. For this reason, it is called 靈芝 (Ling-Zhi.) It is large and of a branched form, and probably represents Clavaria or Sparassis. Its form is likened to that of coral.
In Chinese art, the lingzhi symbolizes great health and longevity, as depicted in the imperial Forbidden City and Summer Palace.
It was a talisman for luck in the traditional culture of China, and the goddess of healing Guanyin is sometimes depicted holding a lingzhi mushroom. It is also often used as a symbol of longevity on Chinese ceramic ware.
It is such an extraordinary piece of art craft, completely handmade of rare and precious natural material.
Perfect to use as a refined spoon to get tea out from tea caddy.