Dish with mandarin ducks and lotuses, Cloisonné enamel, China

Dish with mandarin ducks and lotuses

Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Date:
first half of the 16th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Cloisonné enamel
Dimensions:
H. 11/16 in. (1.7 cm); Diam. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm)
Classification:
Cloisonné
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Vincent Astor Foundation Gift, 2011
Accession Number:
2011.111
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 219
Thought to mate for life and die if separated, mandarin ducks are symbols of marital fidelity and often decorate wedding gifts. They are frequently depicted together with lotus flowers to symbolize a harmonious conjugal relationship.
[ S. Marchant & Son , London, until 2011; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Red and Black: Chinese Lacquer, 13th–16th Century," September 7, 2011–June 10, 2012.