Celestial Boat: Chinese mechanical toy

One of the earliest exhibits of the St.Petersburg Kunstkamera is on display. The mechanical toy – a scale model of a traditional Chinese pleasure craft, where musicians and a dancer entertain a noble traveler, - was produced at the beginning of the XVIIIth century in theBeijing clockmaker by the Chinese craftsmen supervised by European Jesuit missionaries. The mechanism survived the fire of 1747 in the first state Museum inRussia. Such scarce mechanical toys are almost unknown to the world museums.