Rice measure with four constellation deities, Carved red, green, and black lacquer, China

明嘉靖 剔彩二十八宿金曜四星君斗
Rice measure with four constellation deities

Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Jiajing period (1522–66)
Date:
16th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Carved red, green, and black lacquer
Dimensions:
H. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm); W. 12 3/4 in. (32.4 cm); D. 12 7/8 in. (32.7 cm)
Classification:
Lacquer
Credit Line:
John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1913
Accession Number:
13.100.140
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 220
This vessel’s shape and pattern identify it as a rare example of a rice measure used in Daoist rituals. On each side is a figure in a Daoist robe with one of four animals (dragon, ox, dog, and goat). These animals represent constellation deities from the set of twenty-eight mansions in Chinese astronomy, which reflect the movement of the moon in a sidereal month.
#7372. Rice Measure with Daoist Figures
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Marking: Jiajing (1522–66)
John C. Ferguson , until 1913; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Lacquer," July 18, 2005–November 14, 2005.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Lacquer: Painted and Carved," 2007.

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New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Cinnabar: The Chinese Art of Carved Lacquer," August 6, 2009–February 21, 2010.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Red and Black: Chinese Lacquer, 13th–16th Century," September 7, 2011–June 10, 2012.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Introduction to Chinese Lacquer," December 11, 2013–July 6, 2014.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Cinnabar: The Chinese Art of Carved Lacquer, 14th to 19th Century," June 15, 2016–October 9, 2017.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Spirited Creatures: Animal Representations in Chinese Silk and Lacquer," October 21, 2017–July 22, 2018.

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