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Pair of Dishes with Scenes from the Romance of the Three Kingdoms

Period:
Yuan (1271–1368)–Ming (1368–1644) dynasty
Date:
late 14th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Carved red and black lacquer
Dimensions:
Each: Diam. 6 in. (15.2 cm)
Classification:
Lacquer
Credit Line:
Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 2015
Accession Number:
2015.500.1.34a, b
Not on view
The narrative scenes on this pair of dishes derive from Chinese history. At the center of one of the dishes, three figures stand before a hut. They are most likely Liu Bei and his two brothers, visiting the learned scholar Zhuge Liang. Liu Bei was the founder of one of the primary polities in China during the Three Kingdoms period (220–65), a tumultuous era that plays a prominent role in Chinese literature. It is likely that the scene was derived from woodblock prints. The scene on the other dish has not yet been identified.
Florence and Herbert Irving , New York (until 2015; donated to MMA)
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