Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Wanli period (1573–1620)
Carved red lacquer
H. 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm); Diam. 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm)
Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 2015
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 221
Depictions of dragons facing front first appeared in the middle of the sixteenth century. They became the most common form of the mythical being in the decorative arts of the late Ming period, appearing on ceremonial costumes, porcelain, and carved objects.
Florence and Herbert Irving , New York (until 2015; donated to MMA)