Traveling box with lotus scrolls


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This extraordinary box, most likely made for a Tibetan visitor to the Chinese court, would have been used to carry belongings, both personal goods and gifts such as porcelains and textiles. The large lotus scrolls painted on the sides, and in particular the spiky blossoms, derive from Nepali artistic traditions that were introduced to China in the late thirteenth century. Such floral design also became a standard motif commonly found among early Ming imperial works in various media including cloisonné enamel.

Traveling box with lotus scrolls, Polychromatic lacquer, leather, wood, and iron damascened with gold, China

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