Defending Zhen Bao Island 1969-1970
Lot 398
Defending Zhen Bao Island
1969-1970
£20,000 - 30,000
US$ 34,000 - 50,000
Auction Details
Lot Details
Defending Zhen Bao Island
1969-1970
Carved black lacquer with oil-painted relief showing three armed soldiers, one with Mao's little red book in hand, rendered heroically, stand on lookout above a valley in the freezing wind guarding their nation against attack, framed. 114.3cm x 71cm (45in x 28in)

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  • 1969-1970年 黑漆油彩「防衛珍寶島」圖板

    Provenance: produced at Yangzhou and exhibited in China until the end of the Cultural Revolution, and then placed in storage at the No.1 State Lacquer Factory in Yangzhou
    Exhibited at the Olympia Fine Arts and Antiques Fair, New Art from Ancient China - Lacquer from Yangzhou, November 1998
    A British private collection

    來源:產於揚州,一直出展在中國直到文化大革命結束,後存在揚州第一漆廠的儲存室
    1998年11月出展於奧林比亞藝術及古董博覽會的《New Art from Ancient China - Lacquer from Yangzhou》展覽
    英國私人收藏

    Designed by Wei Yongqing
    Made by Junior Master Jiang Debao

    This piece took three months to design and make during 1969-1970, commemorating the Zhen Bao Island border conflict with the Soviet Union.

    The Zhenbao Island conflict was the most serious military incident in the Sino-Soviet Dispute. The conflict centred on the part of the Wusuli River which forms part of the Sino-Soviet border in north-east China. The position and ownership of islands in relation to the main river had always been a subject of dispute. The 19th century treaty maps were small scale and non-definitive, and the river freezes over in winter allowing direct access.

    On the night of 1st/2nd March 1969, about 300 Chinese frontier guards and regular soldiers, full of revolutionary zeal, crossed the frozen Wusuli River and encamped upon Zhenbao Island. Early in the morning, the Russians verbally confronted the Chinese only to come under close contact sub-machine gun fire. After relatively heavy casualties on both sides, the Russians drove the remaining Chinese to their own side of the bank. On 15th March 1969, the Chinese advanced on the island with some 2,000 men and after nine hours of battle were forced to withdraw. The Russians suffered 60 casualties and the Chinese about 800. To this day the Russians still hold Zhenbao Island.

    The plaque illustrates a worker, a farmer and a soldier; all three are armed and ready to defend the border.
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