Model of a Chinese Junk

Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
ca early 20th century
maker
unknown
Physical Description
german silver (overall material)
ebony (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 7 in x 8 in x 3 in; 17.78 cm x 20.32 cm x 7.62 cm
ID Number
2005.0279.088
catalog number
2005.0279.088
accession number
2005.0279
Credit Line
Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection
subject
Maritime
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Work and Industry: Maritime
Transportation
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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