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A mere 3.4 cm (1.34 inches) in length and 1.6 cm (0.63 inches) tall, this carved olive pit from 1737 is one of the most intricate artworks you will see. The perfectly preserved Carved Olive-Stone Boat was crafted by artist Ch’en Tsu-chang during China’s Ch’ing dynasty.

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Chinese Olive Pit Carving

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This is an Olive Pit. It was Carved in 1737. It is 3.4 cm (1.34 inches) in length and 1.6 cm (0.63 inches) tall, and is one of the most intricate artworks you will see. The perfectly preserved Carved Olive-Stone Boat was crafted by artist Ch’en Tsu-chang during China’s Ch’ing dynasty. The sculpture is on display at the National Palace Museum in Taipei City.

Carved Olive Pit in the National Palace Museum in Taipei. Ch’en Tsu-chang (a minor official) followed the natural shape of an olive pit to carve a small boat and based his carving on Su Shih “Latter Ode on the Red Cliff” is carved on the bottom of the pit (not shown here). On the boat are eight figures, each of which is animated and expressive.