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元 朱面剔犀劍環紋漆盒
Box with Pommel Scroll Design

Period:
Yuan dynasty (1271–1368)
Date:
14th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Carved red and black lacquer
Dimensions:
H. 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm); Diam. 5 3/8 in. (13.7 cm)
Classification:
Lacquer
Credit Line:
Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 2015
Accession Number:
2015.500.1.15a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 221
The lush spirals carved into the lacquer illustrate a design commonly known as “pommel scroll” because the bracket-like shapes resemble the pommel of a Chinese sword. This motif was popular in lacquer, ceramics, and metalwork in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries and remained so in carved lacquer, as both a primary subject and as a decorative embellishment, for centuries.
Marking: on base
Florence and Herbert Irving , New York (until 2015; donated to MMA)
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