Historical Olive Pit Masterfully Carved in 1737
Once again I’m convinced how many great things we would miss, if internet and social networks would have never been invented. And I have a clear proof today! Today almost all art/design blogs, magazines and other media are buzzing about their “foundation” of the day – a masterfully carved miniature olive oil. However, there is one but. Miniature olive sculpture was actually carved in 1723 and for the decades is on display at the National Palace Museum in Taipei City, Taiwan. So, where all we have been for this time? This makes me to think about visiting all museums across the globe and publishing the most interesting discoveries, which haven’t been “digged” or “stumbled”, yet.
Ok, let’s get back to the sculpture. This carved olive pit is only 3.4 cm (1.34 inches) in length and 1.6 cm (0.63 inches) tall. According to the National Palace Museum, there are eight figures on the boat, each of which is animated and expressive in an individual manner. What is most fascinating is that the entire text of Su Shih’s “Latter Ode on the Red Cliff”, including more than 300 characters and upon which this work is based, is engraved with exquisite detail on the bottom of the boat, testifying to the heavenly craftsmanship of the artist.
Amazing, what can I say, a precision equivalent to our high-tech lasers!