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元 黑漆嵌螺鈿人物故事圖九方盤
Tray with Figures in a Landscape

Period:
Yuan dynasty (1271–1368)
Date:
14th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Black lacquer with mother-of-pearl inlay
Dimensions:
H. 2 1/8 in. (5.4 cm); Diam. 19 1/4 in. (48.9 cm); Diam. of foot 17 in. (43.2 cm)
Classification:
Lacquer
Credit Line:
Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 2015
Accession Number:
2015.500.1.18
Not on view
The two gentlemen on horseback and their attendants are presumably traveling to join the four figures drinking beneath the pine tree at top. The crane standing near the attendants serving wine and the deer resting at right are symbols of immortality. They add an otherworldly element to the scene, which represents either a paradisiacal realm or the retirement villa of a senior official equipped with the trappings of such a magical environment.
Florence and Herbert Irving , New York (until 2015; donated to MMA)
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