Box with a scholar and chrysanthemums


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Diminutive figures set in a towering landscape became a traditional motif in Chinese art. Here, a scholar-gentleman supervises two attendants carrying chrysanthemums, a plant whose late autumn bloom was thought to symbolize a gentleman’s lofty character.

Box with a scholar and chrysanthemums, Carved red lacquer, China

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