On the cover, two men seated on a veranda overlook a body of water while relaxing. One plays the zither, the other listens. Three attendants, one inside the nearby pavilion, also enjoy the music. Such scenes, which depict the cultured lifestyle of the scholarly class and record their artistic skills, became ubiquitous in Chinese painting and decorative arts after the fourteenth century.
Inscription: Inscribed: Da Ming Yongle nian zhi 大明永樂年製 (Made in the Yongle era of the great Ming)
Florence and Herbert Irving , New York (until 2015; donated to MMA)