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Box with Gardenia, Plum Blossoms, and Finches

Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Date:
late 16th–early 17th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Black lacquer painted with lacquer and oil colors; basketry panels
Dimensions:
H. 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm); W.18 3/8 in. (46.7 cm); D. 12 in. (30.5 cm)
Classification:
Lacquer
Credit Line:
Lent by Florence and Herbert Irving
Accession Number:
L.1996.47.44
  • Description

    During the late Ming period, lacquer boxes with basketry panels were used for the presentation of gifts and documents, as well as for storage. Multicolored designs enjoyed great popularity, and artists also juxtaposed materials of contrasting colors and textures. In the seventeenth century a rectangular box with straight sides gradually replaced the round-shouldered type shown here.

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