Zhoushan Stone Carving
Olive nut is the useless thing for discarding while stone carving miraculously transforms it into a handicraft. Suzhouis the birthplace of stone carving. Zhoushan stone carving takes olive nut as the main body and etches on it with patterns of landscape, flowers and birds, figures, arhat, and Buddha etc. Among folks, the main material is peach stone. People would tie it to the clothes with a thread pierced through stone to “exorcise evil spirits”. A wide range of accessories, fan pendants, and strings of beads are produced for men of letters to play.