Dish with Petal Border
Southern Song (1127–1279)–Yuan dynasty (1271–1368)
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)
Promised Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving
This thin-cored lacquer dish has parallels in northern Chinese ceramics of the Song period (960–1279), some of which have identical scalloped rims and raised edges. Another shared feature is the presence of gilding. Much of the gold on this dish has worn off with age and use, but one can detect traces of a floral spray (at center) and a geometric scroll (on the rim).