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January 4, 2016

Tinian Marble Craftsmanship Classified as World Cultural Heritage from UNESCO

The art of marble-carving is an expression of the cultural identity of Tinos. Marble craftspeople possess empirical knowledge on the structure and properties of marble bearing rock. Transmission follows longstanding traditions where skills are passed on from master to apprentice, who are usually family members. Traditional motifs are mainly religious or apotropaic in nature often depicting cypresses, flowers, birds and ships and placed on buildings, churches and cemeteries. Designs for standard marble vessels and fanlights are used to bring fertility and prosperity.


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