Exhibitions/ Art Object

明中期 剔黑花鳥紋漆盤
Tray with peonies and birds

Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
16th century
Carved black lacquer
W. 9 ½ in. (24 cm); L. 15 in. (38 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Vincent Astor Foundation Gift, 2005
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 221
The plump birds flying above the peonies in this densely carved tray may be magpies or sparrows. Both birds are considered good omens in Chinese culture.
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