The Era of Oriental Influence


During the Era of Oriental Influence, we see an abrupt shift in Zymoglyphic art. Instead of the highly complex arrangements of the dioramas, there is a return to simple arrangements of dried fruit, rocks, and sticks. This trend reaches its extreme in the art of "viewing stones", which consists simply of selecting and positioning a small natural object which is worthy of contemplation, then putting it on a stand.

The main collection

Miniature Viewing Stones

Curio collection

Miniature Trees

A simple arrangement based on a dried orange

A fossil egg that is actually a moon snail hatching out of a clam shell. It is an ancient mythic act, frozen in time

A traditional dried fruit and vegetable arrangement, this one based based on an orange and a carrot

A traditional viewing stone. It is known as the "bone of the earth."

A traditional viewing stone. The clear parts are windows into the soul of the stone.

A marine arrangment, made from items produced by the sea.

A cut piece of bubble plant, native to the Zymoglyphic region, in a simple arrangement.

The happy monk has the world on a string. It is actually an inflatable universe - he carries a supply of them in his bag.

A tray landscape, illustrating the legend of the "crazy houses.". Tray landscapes are a transitional art form midway between the simple objects and the more elaborate dioramas.

This is a Zymoglyphic collection of curios as might have been seen during the Era of Oriental Influence

Top row: Landscape rock, shelter rock
Middle row: Hindu figure, agate, Hindu figure (Ganesh), miniature tree
Bottom row: Malachite, miniature tree
Bottom: Left and right handed fiddler crabs