Wood carving is based on various kinds of wood and roots for carving, and is an important category in traditional carving techniques. The history of wood carving is very long. There are wood carving fish unearthed at the Mudu cultural site in Yuyao, Zhejiang Province. This is the earliest physical object in the history of wood carving in China. The woodcarving town woodbeasts unearthed from the Great Tomb of the Warring States Period in Xinyang, Henan Province, and the colorful carving woodmaids unearthed from the Yunmeng Han Tomb in Hubei Province are all early woodcarving works in China. Due to the difficulty of preservation, it is difficult to see more than a thousand years of wood carvings.
During the Song Dynasty, wood carving works were more common. At this time, wood carving had been made using well-organized wood as a carrier, which was conducive to the handed down of wood carving works. Some temples in our country also contain wood carvings of the Song Dynasty.
Due to the rapid development of overseas trade, Yuan Mingshi increased the number of timber species, and many hard wood imported from overseas was a great development in the wood carving process.
During the Ming and Qing Dynasties, it was a brilliant period of wood carving art. A large number of famous artists and artists and their works emerged. It was a peak of ancient wood carving art.