Sapphire Boat

Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)
Height 7.7cm, length 27cm

This boat was made of sapphire or green jade, hard and bright with little stripes. It is a three-dimensional reticulated work in the shape of a common Southern black sail boat, with bamboo-style outer leaf, and sail with tassels. A water storage tank stands on the poop, and an intaglioed character “#” can be seen on the sail which is closed at the top, and its anchor is closed at the bow.