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Carved Chinese Aloeswood fungus motif


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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Wood: Pre 1980: Item # 1218811

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Finely carved Chinese aloeswood ( agarwood) carving of immortality fungus. The wood has light gentle smell of aloeswood (沉香). Dimension: 4 1/4 inches (11 cm) x 3 inches (7.5 cm). Weight: 66 g. Reference: Agarwood, also known as oud, oodh or agar, is a dark resinous heartwood that forms in Aquilaria and Gyrinops[1] trees (large evergreens native to southeast Asia) when they become infected with a type of mould. Prior to infection, the heartwood is relatively light and pale coloured; however, as the infection progresses, the tree produces a dark aromatic resin in response to the attack, which results in a very dense, dark, resin embedded heartwood. The resin embedded wood is commonly called gaharu, jinko, aloeswood, agarwood, or oud (not to be confused with 'Bakhoor') and is valued in many cultures for its distinctive fragrance, and thus is used for incense and perfumes.