Red lacquer with incised decoration inlaid with gold; damascened brass lock and key
H. 5 1/2 in. (14 cm); W. 5 in. (12.7 cm); L. 16 in. (40.6 cm)
Purchase, Sir Joseph Hotung and The Vincent Astor Foundation Gifts, 2001
Vigorous, sinewy dragons are frequently depicted on works produced during the reign of the Yongle emperor. Intended to hold a Buddhist text made in the Chinese album format, luxurious boxes like this one were made for use at court.
Artist: Date: early 15th century Accession Number: 37.191.1 Date: early 15th centuryMedium: Porcelain painted with cobalt blue under transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
Accession: 37.191.1On view in:Gallery 204