Exhibitions/ Art Object

明永樂 剔紅庭園高仕圖漆盒
Box with garden scene

Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Yongle period (1403–24)
Carved red lacquer
H. 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm); Diam. 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 2015
Accession Number:
2015.500.1.6a, b
Not on view
On the cover, two seated men relax on a veranda that overlooks a body of water. One plays the zither while the other listens. Three attendants, one inside the nearby pavilion, also enjoy the music. Scenes depicting the cultured lifestyle of the scholarly class and recording 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)
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