Exhibitions/ Art Object

元末明初 黑漆嵌螺鈿梅鵲紋委角長方盤
Tray with Flowering Plum and Birds

Period:
Yuan (1271–1368)–Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Date:
late 14th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Black lacquer with mother-of-pearl inlay
Dimensions:
H. 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm); W. 11 3/4 in. (29.8 cm); L. 24 3/8 in. (61.9 cm)
Classification:
Lacquer
Credit Line:
Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 2015
Accession Number:
2015.500.1.56
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 221
The wonderful flowering plum tree and two plump birds that fill the center of this tray illustrate the skillful manipulation of shapes and colors of the inlaid motherof-pearl to create a powerful, dramatic scene. Long narrow pieces of iridescent shell define the rock terrain, while irregular pieces form the clump of rocks in front of the trunk of the flowering plum. Fragments of mother-of-pearl create the craggy trunk of the ancient tree, which bears buds in several stages of flowering.
Florence and Herbert Irving , New York (until 2015; donated to MMA)
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