Item #59203 [Chuan you heng zha chu jiang xing shi tu.] [A Situation Map Showing an Alternative Exit where the Grand Canal Exits into the Yangtze.] Unknown Artist. 船由橫閘出江形勢圖.
[Chuan you heng zha chu jiang xing shi tu.] [A Situation Map Showing an Alternative Exit where the Grand Canal Exits into the Yangtze.] Unknown Artist.
[Chuan you heng zha chu jiang xing shi tu.] [A Situation Map Showing an Alternative Exit where the Grand Canal Exits into the Yangtze.] Unknown Artist.

[Chuan you heng zha chu jiang xing shi tu.] [A Situation Map Showing an Alternative Exit where the Grand Canal Exits into the Yangtze.] Unknown Artist.

N.p., n.d: [Qing]. This striking Qing manuscript maritime chart on paper mounted as a handscroll covers parts of the Zhenjiang Prefecture in Jiangsu Province. Blue covers with manuscript title label. 49 x 108cm. Scale not given. Some light abrasion of paper lower section, some browning upper right, a little light creasing but overall very good. This interesting chart highlights the exits around 京口 [Jingkou] and 丹徒 [Dantu] section of the Grand Canal. 橫閘 “Heng River Gate” mentioned in the title is located on the left adjacent to another river gate called 越閘 “Yue River Gate.” The two gates were used mainly during the dry season when the main exit at 西閘 “Xi River Gate” was not able to be used. The gates are also used as check points to catch illegal salt smugglers. The walled city illustrated at the upper right section鐵甕城 “Tieweng city” served as a strategic military stronghold since the Three Kingdoms Era and was famous throughout for its advanced defence architecture. 金山 “Jin Shan” island is featured lower right section away from the mainland. 金山 “Jin Shan” is often associated with the well-known Chinese folktale “Legend of the White Snake.. Handwritten notes on red paper are tipped-in onto the chart. These notes mention, for example, the distance from a harbour where heavy ships can be moored. Military posts are shown alongside both sides of the river. Military posts on the 象山 [Xiangshan] side are shown with illustrations of swivel guns, the other military force is located across Yangtze River on the side of 瓜洲 [Guazhou] town with illustrations of artillery battery. Guazhou, was a strategically important location from the Southern Song on and was the war frontier between Southern Song and 金[Jin]. During both Ming and Qing Dynasties, Guazhou become an interchange for grain transportation where the Grand Canal meets Yangtze River. Unfortunately, the town vanished in 1895 as a result of Yangtze River’s gradual movement towards north. Item #59203

Price: $28,000.00

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