Carved olive-stone boat, dated A.D. 1737

by Ch'en Chu-chang Ch'ing dynasty, Ch'ien-lung period (A.D. 1736-1795)
Height: 1.6 cm Length: 3.4 cm

A tiny boat carved from an olive stone is fully equipped with a covered deck and moveable windows carved in open-work. The interior has chairs, dishes on a table and eight figures representing the characters from Su Tung-po's "Ode on the Red Cliff." On the underside carved in minute characters is the entire ode, the date and the artist's name.

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