Dish with Immortals Playing Weiqi
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
late 14th century
Carved red and green lacquer
H. 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm); W. 5 7/8 in. (14.9 cm); L. 9 1/4 in. (23.5 cm)
Lent by Florence and Herbert Irving
In the late fourteenth century, figures in a landscape became a prominent motif in carved lacquer. The two figures are playing weiqi (Japanese: go), a chess-like game, in the center of this scene. They can be identified as Daoist immortals by their clothing (for example, the short cape of leaves worn by the seated figure with his back to the standing attendant).