Dish with character for longevity (shou)
- Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Jiajing period (1522–66)
- Carved red lacquer
- H. 1/16 in. (0.2 cm); Diam. 6 /4 in. (17.1 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 2015
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Eight auspicious emblems, including flaming pearls, a pair of horns, and a pair of books, encircle the character for longevity (shou) in the center of this dish; the same designs are found on the exterior. The dragons on the outer edge all lack one claw. Since five-clawed dragons symbolized the emperor, the claws were likely removed to make the dish suitable for presentation to a member of the nobility or a senior court official.