Exhibitions/ Art Object

Box with Gardenia, Plum Blossoms, and Finches

Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
late 16th–early 17th century
Black lacquer painted with lacquer and oil colors; basketry panels
H. 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm); W.18 3/8 in. (46.7 cm); D. 12 in. (30.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 2015
Accession Number:
2015.500.1.61a, b
Not on view
During the late Ming period, lacquer boxes with basketry panels were used for the presentation of gifts and documents, as well as for storage. Multicolored designs enjoyed great popularity, and artists also juxtaposed materials of contrasting colors and textures. In the seventeenth century a rectangular box with straight sides gradually replaced the round-shouldered type shown here.
Florence and Herbert Irving , New York (until 2015; donated to MMA)
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