Exhibitions/ Art Object

Tea-Bowl Stand with Phoenixes

Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Yongle period (1403–24)
Carved red lacquer
H. 3 in. (7.6 cm); Diam. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm); Diam. of rim 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm); Diam. of foot 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 2015
Accession Number:
Not on view
Often associated with empresses, phoenixes illustrate the addition of imperial imagery to carved lacquers made in the closing years of the reign of the Yongle emperor. The sharpness in the outlines and other decoration is also typical of works produced at court. Lacquer stands of this type were used to hold tea bowls, usually those of green or blue-and-white porcelain. The color contrast between stand and bowl would therefore have been quite dramatic.
Inscription: Inscribed: Da Ming Yongle nian zhi (made in the Yongle era of the great Ming)

Florence and Herbert Irving , New York (until 2015; donated to MMA)
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