Exhibitions/ Art Object

南宋 黑漆葵口盤
Dish with Petal Border

Southern Song dynasty (1127–1279)
13th century
Black lacquer with gilding
H. 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm); Diam. 7 1/8 in. (18 cm); Diam. of foot 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 2015
Accession Number:
Not on view
Found in ceramics, metalwork, and lacquer, dishes shaped with overlapping petals first appear in north China about the eleventh century, and the form later becomes a standard motif in the art of the Yuan dynasty (1271–1368). This dish, which has an inscription on the bottom giving the name of the maker or owner—a common practice during the Southern Song dynasty—was likely intended to represent a six-petal camellia, a flower often associated with joy and protection.
[ Alice Boney , New York, until 1982; sold to Irving] ; Florence and Herbert Irving , New York 1982–2015; 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: Painted and Carved," 2007.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Red and Black: Chinese Lacquer, 13th–16th Century," September 7, 2011–June 10, 2012.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Introduction to Chinese Lacquer," December 11, 2013–July 6, 2014.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Lacquer: Treasures from the Irving Collection, 12th–18th Century," August 15, 2015–June 19, 2016.

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