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元末明初 剔黑雙鳥穿花紋盤
Round dish with long-tailed birds and flowers

Period:
Yuan (1271–1368)–early Ming (1368–1644) dynasty
Date:
second half of the 14th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Carved black lacquer
Dimensions:
H. 1 7/16 in. (3.7 cm); Diam. 12 3/8 in. (31.4 cm)
Classification:
Lacquer
Credit Line:
Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 2015
Accession Number:
2015.500.1.28
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 221
A sophisticated example of the two-bird design, the compact composition of this dish features flowers and long-tailed birds (shoudai, or paradise flycatchers)—a symbol of a rewarding career and long life—carved in a three-dimensional effect.
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. "Arts of the Ming Dynasty: China's Age of Brilliance," January 23, 2009–September 13, 2009.

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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