Exhibitions/ Art Object

南宋 黑漆葵口盤
Dish with Petal Border

Southern Song dynasty (1127–1279)
13th century
Black lacquer with gilding
H. 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm); Diam. 7 1/8 in. (18 cm); Diam. of foot 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 2015
Accession Number:
Not on view
Found in ceramics, metalwork, and lacquer, dishes shaped with overlapping petals first appear in north China about the eleventh century, and the form later becomes a standard motif in the art of the Yuan dynasty (1271–1368). This dish, which has an inscription on the bottom giving the name of the maker or owner—a common practice during the Southern Song dynasty—was likely intended to represent a six-petal camellia, a flower often associated with joy and protection.
Florence and Herbert Irving , New York (until 2015; donated to MMA)
Related Objects

Dish with long-tailed birds and hollyhock

Date: 14th century Medium: Carved red lacquer Accession: 2011.120.1 On view in:Not on view

Dish with Flowering Plum and Birds

Date: 14th century Medium: Black lacquer with mother-of-pearl inlay Accession: 2011.120.2 On view in:Not on view

Buddha Shakyamuni with attendant bodhisattvas

Date: 12th–14th century Medium: Mammoth ivory Accession: 34.26.1a, b On view in:Gallery 219

Bottle with Peony Scroll

Date: mid-14th century Medium: Porcelain painted with cobalt blue under a transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware) Accession: 26.271.1a, b On view in:Gallery 204

Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara (Guanyin)

Date: dated 1282 Medium: Wood (wiillow) with traces of pigment; single woodblock construction Accession: 34.15.1a, b On view in:Gallery 208