Exhibitions/ Art Object

明嘉靖 剔紅壽字紋八角漆盤
Dish with character for longevity (shou)

Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Jiajing period (1522–66)
Carved red lacquer
H. 1/16 in. (0.2 cm); Diam. 6 /4 in. (17.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 2015
Accession Number:
Not on view
Eight auspicious emblems, including flaming pearls, a pair of horns, and a pair of books, encircle the character for longevity (shou) in the center of this dish; the same designs are found on the exterior. The dragons on the outer edge all lack one claw. Since five-clawed dragons symbolized the emperor, the claws were likely removed to make the dish suitable for presentation to a member of the nobility or a senior court official.
Marking: Jiajing mark
Florence and Herbert Irving , New York (until 2015; donated to MMA)
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