Beihai Park Panorama Palace Decoration A gift for the Soviet people on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the October Revolution from the governmental party delegation of the People's Republic of China headed by the Chairman of PRC Mao Zedong, 1957 The “royal style” table decoration just astonishes by its mere size. Its length is 183 centimetres! It is hard to believe but the complex, multi-figurine sculpture is made out of a whole piece of ivory! The priceless state gift by the Chinese leader Mao Zedong was presented to the Soviet Secretary General Nikita Khrushev during the official state visit of the delegation of the government of the People's Republic of China to Moscow. Chinese Imperial Beihai Park The minutely carved panorama reproduces one of the magnificent imperial parks situated near the Forbidden City in Beijing, Beihai Park. The park is situated by the lake with the same name and is a treasure of Chinese gardening with the history of more than 1000 years. Translated from Chinese, “Beihai” means “Northern Sea.” The carving artist succeeded in reproducing in ivory the beauty of the park landscapes, imperial palaces and holy temples. Notably, the imperial parks became accessible only after the Chinese revolution (1911-1912). Beihai Park was opened in 1925 and it immediately became the place of choice for Beijing residents. Among many of the magnificent pavilions, terraces and buildings, the artist also placed the figures of thousands of people, engaged in various activities or just taking a stroll in the garden. Despite the fact that the size of the figurines is measured in millimetres, we can still see the people's faces clearly. This complex piece of art was created in Beijing by a group of carvers under the lead of the outstanding master, Yang Shi-Hui, in 1957. This artwork attracted a lot of expert attention, with in-progress images featured in art journals even during the start of the ivory crafting. Collection custodian: “Master Yang Shi-hui learnt bone carving from the age of twelve and easily mastered the traditional methods of carving. Later he founded the style of the Yang bone-carving school. This style is distinguished by delicate carving of the smallest details of the composition, astonishing in their virtuosity.” reference The magnificent Beihai Park is also widely known for its White Pagoda, a Buddhist tower in the Tibetan style standing tall on the hill. The White Pagoda was erected pearl of the park, can be seen from many spots in Beijing. The White Pagoda is a tomb for monks, housing holy Buddhist sculptures, writings, and dresses of the Lamas White Pagoda that master Yang Shi-Hui placed in the middle of his composition, thus highlighting its role and significance.