L350xW200xH200mm, China

This is a wood carving of a plant known as the Buddha’s hand fruit (Citrus medica var. sarcodactylis).  It is a citrus fruit that is segmented into finger like section, the section resembles the fingers of the Buddha is tradition Chinese painting, hence the name.  In China the fruit is mainly used for perfuming the room and as an object for appreciation, it is also used in herbal remedy.  Because of the beautiful form of the fruit, it has become an subject for craving (wood, root, stone, jade, etc).