Tray with Figures in a Landscape
Yuan dynasty (1271–1368)
Black lacquer inlaid with mother-of-pearl
H. 2 1/8 in. (5.4 cm); Diam. 19 1/4 in. (48.9 cm); Diam. of foot 17 in. (43.2 cm)
Lent by Florence and Herbert Irving
Not on view
The drama unfolding on this tray—soldiers approaching a group of drinking men-undoubtedly illustrates a literary work. The scene is further embellished with a deer, a pine, and a crane—all auspicious symbols connoting emoluments and longevity.