Rectangular tray with flowering plums and birds


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The wonderful flowering plum tree and two plump birds that fill the center of this tray illustrate the skillful manipulation of shapes and colors of the inlaid motherof-pearl to create a powerful, dramatic scene. Long narrow pieces of iridescent shell define the rock terrain, while irregular pieces form the clump of rocks in front of the trunk of the flowering plum. Fragments of mother-of-pearl create the craggy trunk of the ancient tree, which bears buds in several stages of flowering.

#7347. Tray with Flowering Plum and Birds

Rectangular tray with flowering plums and birds, Black lacquer with mother-of-pearl inlay, China

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