Exhibitions/ Art Object

明宣德 剔彩仙奕圖漆盤
Dish with immortals playing weiqi

Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Xuande period (1425–36)
Carved red and green lacquer
H. 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm); W. 5 7/8 in. (14.9 cm); L. 9 1/4 in. (23.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 2015
Accession Number:
Not on view
Dishes of this shape, often described as a lotus, were produced primarily during the short reign of the Xuande emperor. The figures here can be identified as Daoist immortals by their clothing, such as the short cape of leaves worn by the seated man on the right. They play weiqi, a chesslike game (known in Japan as go), by moonlight in a remote location—a common motif in Chinese art and literature.
Florence and Herbert Irving , New York (until 2015; donated to MMA)
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