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
Not on view
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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