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

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.

National Museum of Scotland

Chambers Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH1 1JF
0300 123 6789

Opening times

Daily, 10am – 5pm 26 Dec and 1 Jan, 12 – 5pm Closed 25 Dec

Exhibitions at National Museum of Scotland

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