Exhibitions/ Art Object

明晚期 剔紅金彩梅鵲紋漆盒
Box with plum blossoms and birds

Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Date:
early 17th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Carved red lacquer; gilded basketry panels
Dimensions:
H. 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm); W. 5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm); D. 5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm)
Classification:
Lacquer
Credit Line:
Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 2015
Accession Number:
2015.500.1.60a, b
Not on view
Late Ming lacquer boxes with basketry panels were used to present gifts and documents and for storage. The juxtaposition of red and gold corresponds with the taste for multicolored designs in this period. Over the course of the seventeenth century, round-shouldered boxes fell out of fashion in favor of those with straight sides.
Florence and Herbert Irving , New York (until 2015; donated to MMA)
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