Exhibitions/ Art Object

明中期 剔紅荔枝紋漆盒
Box with lychees

Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
16th century
Carved red and black lacquer
H. 1 1/2 in. (3.7 cm); Diam. 3 1/8 in. (7.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 2015
Accession Number:
2015.500.1.46a, b
Not on view
The English name for this sweet summer fruit found only in Asia is derived from the Chinese lizhi. Lychees are understood to represent fertility and are also symbolic of love, romance, and virtues such as strength. Small boxes of this type, used to hold incense, were also produced in metal and porcelain.
Florence and Herbert Irving , New York (until 2015; donated to MMA)
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