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Box with Lychees

Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Date:
late 16th–early 17th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Carved red and black lacquer
Dimensions:
H. 1 1/2 in. (3.7 cm); Diam. 3 1/8 in. (7.9 cm)
Classification:
Lacquer
Credit Line:
Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 2015
Accession Number:
2015.500.1.46a, b
Not on view
The English name for this sweet summer fruit, which is found only in Asia, is derived from the Chinese lizhi. Lychees are understood to represent fertility, and they are also symbolic of love, romance, and virtues such as strength.
Florence and Herbert Irving , New York (until 2015; donated to MMA)
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