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西漢 黑地朱繪雲氣紋漆碗
Bowl with Geometric Designs

Period:
Western Han dynasty (206 B.C.–A.D. 9)
Date:
2nd century B.C.
Culture:
China
Medium:
Black lacquer painted with red lacquer
Dimensions:
H. 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm); Diam. 10 7/16 in. (26.5 cm)
Classification:
Lacquer
Credit Line:
Purchase, Florence and Herbert Irving Gift, 1994
Accession Number:
1994.44
Not on view
Likely used for serving a liquid such as wine or soup, this bowl is painted with dramatic swirling lines interlaced with small curls and other forms. Known as cloud energy, or yunqi, this design, which was pervasive during the Western Han dynasty, is understood to represent a forbidding but numinous realm inhabited by immortals.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Irving Lacquers," 1998–2000.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Lacquer," July 18, 2005–November 14, 2005.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Lacquer: Painted and Carved," 2007.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Lacquer: An Introduction," December 4, 2007–May 11, 2008.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Cinnabar: The Chinese Art of Carved Lacquer," August 6, 2009–February 21, 2010.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Introduction to Chinese Lacquer," December 11, 2013–July 6, 2014.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Lacquer: Treasures from the Irving Collection, 12th–18th Century," August 15, 2015–June 19, 2016.

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