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明晚期 剔彩花鳥紋漆盤
Tray with Rock, Pheasants, and Peonies

Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Date:
second half of the 16th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Carved red and yellow lacquer
Dimensions:
H. 2 1/8 in. (5.4 cm); W. 10 1/8 in. (25.7 cm); D. 10 1/8 in. (25.7 cm)
Classification:
Lacquer
Credit Line:
Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 2015
Accession Number:
2015.500.1.7
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 221
The complicated decorative scheme of a stylized rock (likely intended to represent one of the famous stones from Lake Tai in southern China) against a background of peonies, a peach tree, other plants, and pheasants and sparrows has various interpretations. Each motif is imbued with meaning, and several represent wishes for longevity, riches, and worldly success. The lacquer was built up of a red layer over a yellow one, and a two-color appearance was achieved by carving to varying depths to expose the colors. An interest in bright color combinations, also found in ceramics and textiles, characterizes the art of the late Ming dynasty.
Florence and Herbert Irving , New York (until 2015; donated to MMA)
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