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Pair of Dishes with Scenes from the Romance of the Three Kingdoms

Yuan (1271–1368)–Ming (1368–1644) dynasty
late 14th century
Carved red and black lacquer
Each: Diam. 6 in. (15.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 2015
Accession Number:
2015.500.1.34a, b
Not on view
The narrative scenes on this pair of dishes derive from Chinese history. At the center of one of the dishes, three figures stand before a hut. They are most likely Liu Bei and his two brothers, visiting the learned scholar Zhuge Liang. Liu Bei was the founder of one of the primary polities in China during the Three Kingdoms period (220–65), a tumultuous era that plays a prominent role in Chinese literature. It is likely that the scene was derived from woodblock prints. The scene on the other dish has not yet been identified.
Florence and Herbert Irving , New York (until 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. "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.

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