Tiered Box with Figural Scenes, Flowers, and Birds, 8Black lacquer with mother-of-pearl inlay, China

明早期 黑漆嵌螺鈿人物花鳥紋撞盒
Tiered Box with Figural Scenes, Flowers, and Birds

Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Date:
first half of the 15th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
8Black lacquer with mother-of-pearl inlay
Dimensions:
H. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm); W. 8 1/8 in. (20.6 cm); D. 8 1/8 in. (20.6 cm)
Classification:
Lacquer
Credit Line:
Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 2015
Accession Number:
2015.500.1.12a, b
Not on view
The adorable girls peeking around the wall at the woman and dogs in the garden are found in at least two other works from the period. This scene likely illustrates a well-known moment from a literary work or a play. Every panel and column of the architecture is decorated with a distinct pattern, attesting to the painstaking labor needed to create the scene. Each of the sixteen cartouches on the sides shows different flowers and birds.
[ Klaus F. Naumann , Tokyo, until 1989; sold to Irving]; Florence and Herbert Irving , New York (1989–2015; donated to MMA)
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