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明中期 剔黑花鳥紋漆盤
Tray with peonies and birds

Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
16th century
Carved black lacquer
W. 9 ½ in. (24 cm); L. 15 in. (38 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Vincent Astor Foundation Gift, 2005
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 221
The plump birds flying above the peonies in this densely carved tray may be magpies or sparrows. Both birds are considered good omens in Chinese culture.
#8997. Overview: Lacquer
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Private collection (until sale, Christie’s Hong Kong, Fine Chinese Ceramics and Wor ks of Art; May 30, 2005, lot 1352, to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Lacquer: Painted and Carved," 2007.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Met Salutes Brooke Astor," September 28, 2007–September 30, 2007.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Red and Black: Chinese Lacquer, 13th–16th Century," September 7, 2011–June 10, 2012.

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

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Cinnabar: The Chinese Art of Carved Lacquer, 14th to 19th Century," June 15, 2016–October 9, 2017.

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