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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 (1425–36)
Date:
1425–1436
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
Dishes of this shape, often described as a lotus, were produced primarily during the short reign of the Xuande emperor. The figures here can be identified as Daoist immortals by their clothing, such as the short cape of leaves worn by the seated man on the right. They play weiqi, a chesslike game (known in Japan as go), by moonlight in a remote location—a common motif in Chinese art and literature.
Florence and Herbert Irving , New York (until 2015; donated to MMA)
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