Official Opening of the Nanjing Yangzi River Bridge by Li Duanhua (Senior Master)

Black lacquer base, inlaid with mother-of-pearl.


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.

Artists include


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.

Venue details

National Museum of Scotland Chambers Street, EDINBURGH Edinburgh EH1 1JF 0300 123 6789

Entry details

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