Tray with women and boys on a garden terrace, Carved red lacquer, China

元 剔紅仕女嬰戲圖漆盤
Tray with women and boys on a garden terrace

Period:
Yuan dynasty (1271–1368)
Date:
14th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Carved red lacquer
Dimensions:
H. 2 3/8 in. (6 cm); Diam. 21 7/8 in. (55.6 cm)
Classification:
Lacquer
Credit Line:
Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 2015
Accession Number:
2015.500.1.31
Not on view
With its lush carving and large size, this tray is considered a lacquerware masterpiece. It depicts two women and twenty-three children on a terrace and pavilion overlooking a lotus pond. One woman rests on an openwork seat; the other stands holding one child while another clutches her skirt and a third crawls toward her. A boy hides behind a rock, three play near a shallow tub of water, two ride hobbyhorses (a toy that may have been invented in China), and several take part in a procession that resembles those of court officials—a common sight in major Chinese cities in the fourteenth century.
#7429. Platter with Scenes of Children at Play
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[ Klaus F. Naumann , Tokyo, until 1989; sold to Irving]; Florence and Herbert Irving , New York (1989–2015; donated to MMA)
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