Box with Pommel Scroll Design
Yuan (1271–1368)–Ming (1368–1644) dynasty
late 14th century
Carved red and black lacquer
H. 5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm); Diam.13 1/8 in. (33.2 cm)
Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, in honor of James C. Y. Watt, 2011
Although this large box, with its dramatic spiraling geometric design, appears at first glance to be red, it was carved from a combination of red and black layers of lacquer that give the surface its resonance.