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明早期 剔紅花卉紋漆盤一對
Pair of dishes with flowers

Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Date:
late 14th century–15th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Carved red lacquer
Dimensions:
Diam. (each) 6 in. (15.2 cm)
Classification:
Lacquer
Credit Line:
Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 2015
Accession Number:
2015.500.1.30a, b
Not on view
Dishes decorated with the laborious and expensive carved lacquer technique, such as these two, were probably never used for dining. Instead, they were displayed and used to offer guests items such as confections. The deep, dense carving of the lacquer helps date this pair (most likely part of a larger set) to the late fourteenth or early fifteenth century. One shows tree peonies set above lotuses, and the other gardenias overlapping roses.
Florence and Herbert Irving , New York (until 2015; donated to MMA)
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