Exhibitions/ Art Object

元 剔黑雙鳥穿花紋委角方盤
Square dish with long-tailed birds and camellias

Yuan dynasty (1271–1368)
14th century
Carved black and brown lacquer
H. 1 in. (2.5 cm); W. 7 in. (17.8 cm); L. 7 1/8 in. (18 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 2015
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 221
Made in a classic two-bird design, this dish is representative of the style of the early fourteenth century. The lacquer artist achieved a nearly three-dimensional image on a flat surface: deep carving creates the relief effect, and fine incisions for the bird feathers and leaf veins convey texture. The red background is relatively visible compared to examples made later in the century.
[ Klaus F. Naumann , Tokyo, until 1989; sold to Irving]; Florence and Herbert Irving , New York (1989–2015; 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. "Spirited Creatures: Animal Representations in Chinese Silk and Lacquer," October 21, 2017–July 22, 2018.

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