H. 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm); W. 5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm); D. 5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm)
Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 2015
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 221
Late Ming lacquer boxes with basketry panels were used to present gifts and documents and for storage. The juxtaposition of red and gold corresponds with the taste for multicolored designs in this period. Over the course of the seventeenth century, round-shouldered boxes fell out of fashion in favor of those with straight sides.
Florence and Herbert Irving , New York (until 2015; donated to MMA)