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明宣德 剔彩仙奕圖漆盤
Dish with Immortals Playing Weiqi

Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Xuande period (1425–46)
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:
Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 2015
Accession Number:
2015.500.1.33
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 221
The shape of this dish, often described as a lotus, appears to have been produced primarily during the short reign of the Xuande emperor. The figures playing weiqi, a chesslike game known in Japan as go, in a remote location under moon light, can be identified as Daoist immortals by their clothing—for example, the short cape of leaves worn by the figure seated with his back to the composition. Immortals playing chess in remote locations are often found in Chinese art and literature.
Florence and Herbert Irving , New York (until 2015; donated to MMA)
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