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Oval Dish with Immortals Playing Weiqi

Period:
early Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Date:
late 14th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Carved red and green lacquer
Dimensions:
H. 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm); W. 5 7/8 in. (14.9 cm); L. 9 1/4 in. (23.5 cm)
Classification:
Lacquer
Credit Line:
Lent by Florence and Herbert Irving
Accession Number:
L.1996.47.16
  • Description

    In the late fourteenth century figures in a landscape became a prominent motif in carved lacquers. The two figures playing chess at the center of this scene can be identified by their clothing as Daoist immortals (for example, the short cape of leaves worn by the seated figure with his back to the standing attendant). The irregular shape of the dish, the ribbed rim, and the mixed floral border are typical of the late fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries.

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