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明嘉靖 剔彩壽字紋漆盤
Dish with the character for longevity (shou)

Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Jiajing period (1522–66)
Carved red and yellow lacquer
H. 1/16 in. (.2 cm); Diam. 6 1/8 in. (15.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 2015
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 221
The character for longevity (shou) is a persistent theme in Chinese art. Whether used as a primary motif, as here, or a secondary design, it always illustrates a wish for the blessing of a long life.
Florence and Herbert Irving , New York (until 2015; donated to MMA)
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