Ussuri Krai, Primorsky Oblast
early 20th century
A small slightly bent fragment of a brown root with a knobby surface. It is slightly wider on one end. Chinese harvesters found places where ginseng grew in the largest quantities, and set up plantations there, to which they moved single roots found elsewhere. They dug them out very carefully, with special ivory sticks. Ginseng was an object of gathering for many peoples in the Far East. It was valued in the oriental medicine for its healing properties.
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