Devil's Work Balls

unknown1960ies - 1970ies

Linden-Museum Stuttgart

Linden-Museum Stuttgart
Stuttgart, Germany

The devil’s work balls, resting on a flowering prunus tree, consist of 23 to 25 intertwined and moveable hollow balls. To be read on the outmost ball is Mao Zedong’s (1893-1976) “Ode to the Plum Blossom“ (Yong mei) which he wrote in 1961, referring to the famous poem by Lu Yous (1125-1210).


  • Title: Devil's Work Balls
  • Creator: unknown
  • Date: 1960ies - 1970ies
  • Location: China
  • Physical Dimensions: w10 x h36 cm
  • Provenance: Linden-Museum
  • Type: Ivory Carving
  • Rights: Linden-Museum, Foto: Anatol Dreyer

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