Olive Pit Sculpture Carved in China in 1737

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In 1737 Ch’en Tsu-chang, originally from Kwangtung, followed the natural shape of an olive pit to carve a small boat. On the boat there are eight figures, each of which is animated and expressive in an individual manner. The entire text of Su Shih’s “Latter Ode on the Red Cliff”, including more than 300 characters and upon which this work is based, is engraved with exquisite detail on the bottom of the boat, testifying to the heavenly craftsmanship of the artist.

National Palace Museum of China

Carved olive pit from 1737

Carved olive pit from 1737

Carved olive pit from 1737

via [Lost At E Minor]

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