Exhibitions/ Art Object

明中期 剔黑花鳥紋漆盤
Tray with peonies and birds

Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Date:
16th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Carved black lacquer
Dimensions:
W. 9 ½ in. (24 cm); L. 15 in. (38 cm)
Classification:
Lacquer
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Vincent Astor Foundation Gift, 2005
Accession Number:
2005.275
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 221
The plump birds flying above the peonies in this densely carved tray may be magpies or sparrows. Both birds are considered good omens in Chinese culture.
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