Dish with the character for longevity (shou), Carved red and yellow lacquer, China

明嘉靖 剔彩壽字紋漆盤
Dish with the character for longevity (shou)

Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Jiajing period (1522–66)
Date:
1522–1566
Culture:
China
Medium:
Carved red and yellow lacquer
Dimensions:
H. 1/16 in. (.2 cm); Diam. 6 1/8 in. (15.6 cm)
Classification:
Lacquer
Credit Line:
Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 2015
Accession Number:
2015.500.1.42
Not on view
The character for longevity (shou) is a persistent theme in Chinese art. Whether used as a primary motif, as here, or a secondary design, it always illustrates a wish for the blessing of a long life.
[ Klaus F. Naumann , Tokyo, until 1989; sold to Irving]; Florence and Herbert Irving , New York (1989–2015; donated to MMA)
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Asian Art (35,453)