Chinese landscape painting developed and flourished in the Tang and Song dynasties (618 -1279 AD).* This shadowbox composition reflects some of the techniques employed by artists of the period to depict panoramas of real and imaginary settings. Multiple eye levels and rhythmical repetition in the folds of the mountains create a monumental scale. Rough-hewn stone and live plants in the foreground frame the meeting of sky and sea, accented by the miniature boat.
A frame of unfinished strand bamboo surrounds the composition. A recessed fluorescent grow lamp accentuates the surface textures and facilitates plant growth, allowing this composition to be located on any wall, irrespective of available sunlight.
Lee. S. E. (2003 ). A History of Far Eastern Art, 5th Edition. Prentice-Hall. p. 302.