Definition of barbola in English:


(also barbola work)


  • [mass noun] The craft of making small models of fruit or flowers from a plastic paste.

    • ‘The Tangka, barbola and sculptures of Regong Art feature refined craftsmanship and skillfully blended vibrant colors.’
    • ‘It is a palace of Regong art treasures, collecting and exhibiting various masterpieces of thangka, barbola, sculpture, and sand table design.’
    • ‘The decorating patterns and means were enriched: carved design, scratched design, printed design, painted design, barbola, embossment and adoption of leaves and paper-cut barbola etc.’
    • ‘Some of them specialize in thangka paintings, some barbola, and some clay sculpture.’
    • ‘I am please to present a very unique and beautiful beveled barbola mirror, c.1930.’


1920s: an arbitrary formation from barbotine.