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Dish with Dragon

Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Wanli period (1573–1620),
Date:
dated 1595
Culture:
China
Medium:
Red lacquer with incised decoration inlaid with gold, black, and green
Dimensions:
Diam. 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm)
Classification:
Lacquer
Credit Line:
Promised Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving
Accession Number:
L.1996.47.36
  • Description

    Several complicated techniques were used to create the lively design of a dragon flying above a rock and waves. The dragon was first carved into the surface and then filled with gold and colored lacquers. In some cases, several layers of lacquer were added to the incised outlines, and the resulting decoration, which extended above the surface of the dish, was then polished down to make the surface even.

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