Exhibitions/ Art Object

明 黑漆嵌螺鈿嬰戲圖盤
Dish with Two Boys

Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
16th century
Black lacquer with mother-of-pearl inlay
H. 3/4 in. (1.9 cm); W. 5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm); D 5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Vincent Astor Foundation Gift, 2005
Accession Number:
Not on view
Scenes of boys at play, which originated in the Song period (960–1279), are common in Chinese decorative arts. They express the wish for offspring and the joy of having them. One of the two lively fellows at the center of this small plate is riding a hobbyhorse, a toy that may have originated in China; the other plays a drum. Sprigs of bamboo, plum, orchid, and chrysanthemum decorate the borders.
[ J. J. Lally & Co. , New York, until 2005; sold to MMA]
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