Black lacquer base, inlaid with mother-of-pearl.
Official Opening of the Nanjing Yangzi River Bridge by Li Duanhua (Senior Master), 19701971
© National Museum of Scotland
- Lacquer and mother-of-pearl
- 217 x 105 cm
- Acquired in:
- Presented by:
- Peter and Susan Wain and Mr David Hyatt through The Art Fund
Most of the mother-of-pearl has been selected from naturally coloured shell. Fine detail of the fire-work bursts. Estimated that over 6,000 man hours went into the production of this plaque.
Ordered by General Xu Shiyou as a potential gift for Lin Biao, Vice Chairman and Mao's heir apparent. Left in the factory museum in Yangzhous region, China. Purchased by Peter Wain from factory in 1997. Sold to David Hyatt King.