Box with Lychees
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
late 16th–early 17th century
Carved red and black lacquer
H. 1 1/2 in. (3.7 cm); Diam. 3 1/8 in. (7.9 cm)
Promised Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving
Not on view
The English name for this sweet summer fruit, which is found only in Asia, is derived from the Chinese lizhi. Lychees are understood to represent fertility, and they are also symbolic of love, romance, and virtues such as strength.