Mountains in the Sea

Mountains in the Sea

The Vietnamese Landscape Art of Hon Non Bo

Book - 2001
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This volume provides the information necessary to create the Vietnamese miniature landscape art called Hon Non Bo, which grew out of the ancient worship of stones, trees, and rivers. Artist Phan Van Lft and bonsai curator Lew Buller begin with a tour of the geographic and geological landscape of Vietnam, exploring the inspiration for the art and explaining its spiritual history. Later chapters document methods of construction, selection of materials, and methods of display. The book contains numerous color and b&w photographs and illustrations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Blackwell North Amer
Connoisseurs of miniature landscapes have long studied and appreciated the arts of bonsai from Japan and penjing from China. Until very recently, however, few outside of Viet Nam have known of an equally distinguished and vibrant art form known as "Hon Non Bo," literally "mountainous island in the sea." While bearing some similarities to bonsai and penjing in its use of stones and trees, Han Non Bo is a unique discipline influenced by the landscape of Viet Nam with its mountains, coastal scenery, and lush vegetation. Culturally, Hon Non Bo reflects the ancient Vietnamese custom of worshipping stones, trees, and rivers. Practitioners of Hon Non Bo view their art as much more than a hobby; it is a creed or form of meditation that is distinctly Vietnamese.
Mountains in the Sea will appeal to readers of many backgrounds. Bonsai and penjing enthusiasts will be inspired by a fresh approach to miniature landscapes presented by a master artist. Vietnamese expatriates and their children will find in these pages a view of their cultural heritage that has never before been published in book form in English. All who are fascinated by the elegant transformation of natural beauty into art will be captivated by Phan Van Lit's artworks.

Publisher: Portland, Or. : Timber Press, 2001
Description: 232 p. : ill. (some col.), col. map ; 28 cm
ISBN: 9780881925159
Branch Call Number: 635.9772 Pha
Additional Contributors: Buller, Lew.


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