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Dainichi Buddha
MFA# 09.531


1) The wood of the camphor tree, Cinnamomum camphora, native to southeastern Asia. Camphorwood smells strongly of Camphor and has been used for small carvings and decorative items. The camphor tree is considered an invasive species in Australia.

2) See Kapur.

Camphorwood bowl
MFA# 1991.387

Synonyms and Related Terms

kusu (Jap.); Campherbaum (Deut.); camphrier (Fr.); arbre à camphre (Fr.); alcanforero (Esp.); câmforeira (Port.); canforo (It.); Cynamonowiec kamforowy (Pol.); camphor wood; camphortree; camphor laurel

Physical and Chemical Properties

  • 1) Small tree growing to 20 m. Bark=reddish brown with irregular furrows. Leaves=ovate (to 25 cm) with wavy margins and smell of camphor when crushed Fruit=small ball (1 cm), purple when ripe

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Resources and Citations

  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • Virginia Tech Dendrology website at (accessed Oct. 8, 2005)

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