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南宋 黑面剔犀雲螭紋漆盒
Box with Dragons amid Clouds

Period:
Southern Song dynasty (1127–1279)
Date:
13th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Carved black, red, and yellow lacquer
Dimensions:
H. 3 in (7.6 cm); Diam. 9 5/8 in. (24.4 cm)
Classification:
Lacquer
Credit Line:
Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 2015
Accession Number:
2015.500.1.4a, b
Not on view
The feline dragons that curve along the surface were inspired by comparable creatures found on Bronze Age vessels rediscovered during the Song dynasty and often reinterpreted in the arts of that period. Although they lack the large heads, horns, and prominent snouts often seen in Chinese depictions, they remain auspicious and protective.
Florence and Herbert Irving , New York (until 2015; donated to MMA)
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