Lacquer with inlays of mother-of-pearl, gold, and silver
H. 3 7/8 in. (9.8 cm); W. 9 7/8 in. (25.1 cm); L. 28 1/8 in. (71.4 cm)
Purchase, The Vincent Astor Foundation Gift, 2010
Not on view
The reception scene on the top of the box suggests the birthday gathering for the general Guo Ziyi, an impression reinforced by the many boys at play on the sides of the box. Guo Ziyi was said to have had one hundred sons and one thousand grandsons.
Private collection (until 2010; to Christie's) ; sale, Christie's, New York , September 14–15, 2009, lot 241; to MMA
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Celebration: The Birthday in Chinese Art," February 27, 2010–November 28, 2010.