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Chinese Junk

Carlos Montalvão

Trading junk from the XV donated by the Portuguese Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation to the Ministry of Culture and Heritage of the Sultanate of Oman.. The model is on display at the Land of Frankincense Gallery in the National Museum of Oman .

The model  intents to reconstruct a ship of  the Ming dynasty  from  the period of  Admiral Zheng He who commanded the largest fleet of his time with almost 30 thousand men, throughout maritime Asia, the Indian Ocean and Africa’s eastern coast.

Birch wood construction on a maritime plywood structure, wooden masts and yards rigging in linen, sails in canvas, artillery in metal.

Scale 1/30 museum standard ship model, with 2,40 meters long and 1,45 metres high