Box with Scene of Bathing Children
Yuan dynasty (1271–1368)
Carved red lacquer
Diam. 2 1/2 in. (6.5 cm)
Lent by Florence and Herbert Irving
Not on view
This tiny box, previously thought to date to the sixteenth century, can be reassigned to the fourteenth after comparison with an example bearing an image of the poet Tao Qian, which dates to the first half of the fourteenth century. The large, unarticulated shapes of the rocks and the use of a single pattern for the low-relief background are similar on both boxes, as are the thick incisions used to define the figures' clothing and the large oval faces with nondescript features.