Model of a Chinese Junk

Made of silver, this decorative model of a three-masted Chinese war junk with square sails, square bow and raised square stern is decorated with three round masks on each side. The deck is fitted with seven cannon, a scored rectangular cabin, three crew figures, and an anchor. Four pennants are at the stern, and a pennant flies from each mast. The model is mounted on a carved and scrolled ebony stand and enclosed in a glass top case.
V.I.G. Petersen, who acquired this model, served as an agent for the Insurance Company of North America (INA) in China during the WW2 Japanese invasion. For an account of his successful preservation of INA records and escape from the advancing Japanese troops, see William Carr, Perils Named and Unnamed, 1967, p. 183-200.
Currently not on view
Object Name
ship model
date made
ca early 20th century
Physical Description
german silver (overall material)
ebony (overall material)
overall: 7 in x 8 in x 3 in; 17.78 cm x 20.32 cm x 7.62 cm
ID Number
catalog number
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Work and Industry: Maritime
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection
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