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Box with Camellias

Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Date:
16th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Carved red and green lacquer
Dimensions:
H. 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm); Diam. 4 in. (10.2 cm)
Classification:
Lacquer
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
91.1.666
  • Description

    Although the flowers in Chinese lacquer are often stylized and therefore difficult to identify precisely, it seems likely that the large blossom on the top of this box is a type of camellia, which is understood as a symbol for winter and endurance.

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