Monday, August 30, 2010
BONSAI in 1/12th Scale
Bonsai (盆栽) is the art of aesthetic miniaturization of trees, or of developing woody or semi-woody plants shaped as trees, by growing them in containers. 'Bonsai' is a Japanese pronunciation of the earlier Chinese term, Penzai, (盆栽). A 'bon' is a tray-like pot typically used in bonsai culture. Around 1800, the Japanese changed the term they used for this art to their pronunciation of the Chinese penzai with its connotation of a shallower container in which the Japanese could now style small trees.
Container-grown plants, including trees and many other kinds of plants, have a history stretching back at least to the early times of Egyptian culture. Pictorial records from around 4000 BC show trees growing in containers cut into rock. Pharaoh Remesses III donated gardens consisting of potted olives, date palms, and other plants to hundreds of temples. Pre-Common-Era India used container-grown trees for medicine and food.One of the oldest-known living bonsai trees, a 500 years old five-needle pine (Pinus pentaphylla var. negishi) known as Sandai-Shogun-No Matsu, is considered one of the National Treasures of Japan and is in the Tokyo Imperial Palace collection.
The following are a few of the (artificial) miniature Bonsais which I have made in 1/12th scale for dollhouses.