Dish with peafowls and peonies


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The “two birds” design featuring a pair of birds among flowers was a popular motif in Chinese carved lacquer, particularly from the thirteenth to early fifteenth century. In this example, two peafowls fly amid lush, blossoming peonies. Such decoration also became standard in other media, such as textiles and ceramics, produced by the imperial workshop of the Ming dynasty.

Dish with peafowls and peonies, Carved red lacquer, China

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