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明早期 剔紅花卉紋漆盤一對
Pair of dishes with flowers

Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Date:
late 14th century–15th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Carved red lacquer
Dimensions:
Diam. (each) 6 in. (15.2 cm)
Classification:
Lacquer
Credit Line:
Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 2015
Accession Number:
2015.500.1.30a, b
Not on view
Dishes decorated with the laborious and expensive carved lacquer technique, such as these two, were probably never used for dining. Instead, they were displayed and used to offer guests items such as confections. The deep, dense carving of the lacquer helps date this pair (most likely part of a larger set) to the late fourteenth or early fifteenth century. One shows tree peonies set above lotuses, and the other gardenias overlapping roses.
[ Klaus F. Naumann , Tokyo, until 1989; sold to Irving]; Florence and Herbert Irving , New York (1989–2015; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "East Asian Lacquer from the Florence and Herbert Irving Collection," November 22, 1991–February 23, 1992.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Lacquer," July 18, 2005–November 14, 2005.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Lacquer: An Introduction," December 4, 2007–May 11, 2008.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Extravagant Display: Chinese Art in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries," December 14, 2010–May 1, 2011.

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.

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