Written records on Chinese dough sculptures date back to the Han Dynasty (206BC-AD220). After several thousand years of inheritance and development, dough sculptures have became a part of Chinese culture and folk arts, and also objects for study in history, archaeology, folk arts, sculpture and aesthetics.

Dough figure is a kind of small sculpture that uses flour and glutinous rice flour as the main raw material, plus other components such as color, paraffin, honey, and undergoes careful control and mildew-proof processing. It is a type of folk artwork that is easy to make but has very high artistic value.

The exhibition is set on a 4 meter by 4 meter grand centre piece replica of the Garden Pavilion from the novel “Dream of the Red Chamber” (紅樓夢), one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature. There are amazing details of each of the pavilion and characters mentioned in the novel. “Dream of the Red Chamber” (紅樓夢) is one of the greatest fantasy romance in the imagination of the Chinese people for centuries. And now it is brought alive by these amazing figurines.

The man who may have created the craft, Zhuge Liang, was a military strategist of the state of Shu in the Three Kingdoms era (220-280). According to a local legend, he once tried to organize a crossing of the Han River but the waves were so high that passage was impossible. Advisors recommended a sacrifice of 49 human heads to calm the waters. Not wanting to see any loss of life, Zhuge Liang ordered 49 dough heads made, stuffed with beef and horse meat. The ploy successfully fooled the spirits responsible for the choppy waters and ever since then, Zhuge has been known as the father of dough-figurine making.

The pocket sized and varied dough figures are full of profound Chinese characteristics. They are fully concentrated with the historical and cultural essence of the five-thousand-year history of the Chinese nation. These amazing dough figurines depicting the Garden Pavilion from the novel “Dream of the Red Chamber” (紅樓夢) is presented by the Oriental Treasure Group and Fulu International Group of companies.