Exhibitions/ Art Object

明早期 黑漆嵌螺鈿人物花鳥紋撞盒
Tiered Box with Figural Scenes, Flowers, and Birds

Ming (1368–1644) dynasty
first half of the 15th century
Black lacquer with mother-of-pearl inlay
H. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm); W. 8 1/8 in. (20.6 cm); D. 8 1/8 in. (20.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 2015
Accession Number:
2015.500.1.12a, b
Not on view
The adorable girls peeking around the wall at the woman and dogs in the garden are found in at least two other works from the period. This scene likely illustrates a well-known moment from a literary work or a play. Every panel and column of the architecture is decorated with a distinct pattern, attesting to the painstaking labor needed to create the scene. Each of the sixteen cartouches on the sides shows different flowers and birds.
Florence and Herbert Irving , New York (until 2015; donated to MMA)
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