Lozenge-Shaped Dish with Figures in a Landscape
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
late 14th–early 15th century
Carved red lacquer
H. 7/8 in. (2.2 cm); W. 5 3/8 in. (13.7 cm); L. 7 7/8 in. (20 cm)
Lent by Florence and Herbert Irving
The theme of a gentleman walking in a remote location while attended by a youth holding a zither (or some other instrument or scholarly accoutrement) is a staple in Chinese landscape painting that is also commonly found in lacquer and ceramics.