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南宋 黑漆葵口盤
Dish with Petal Border

Period:
Southern Song dynasty (1127–1279)
Date:
13th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Black lacquer with gilding
Dimensions:
H. 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm); Diam. 7 1/8 in. (18 cm); Diam. of foot 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm)
Classification:
Lacquer
Credit Line:
Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 2015
Accession Number:
2015.500.1.20
Not on view
Found in ceramics, metalwork, and lacquer, dishes shaped with overlapping petals first appear in north China about the eleventh century, and the form later becomes a standard motif in the art of the Yuan dynasty (1271–1368). This dish, which has an inscription on the bottom giving the name of the maker or owner—a common practice during the Southern Song dynasty—was likely intended to represent a six-petal camellia, a flower often associated with joy and protection.
Florence and Herbert Irving , New York (until 2015; donated to MMA)
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