Lobed Box, Black lacquer with mother-of-pearl inlay and pewter wires, China

元 黑漆鑲錫邊嵌螺鈿菱花形盒
Lobed Box

Period:
Yuan dynasty (1271–1368)
Date:
late 13th–14th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Black lacquer with mother-of-pearl inlay and pewter wires
Dimensions:
H. 7 in. (17.8 cm); Diam. 8 5/8 in. (22 cm)
Classification:
Lacquer
Credit Line:
Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 2015
Accession Number:
2015.500.1.21a–c
Not on view
Lacquer boxes with lobed sides and pewter trim are unique to the Yuan dynasty. Many were fitted with an interior tray that probably held cosmetics, combs, hairpins, and other adornments.
[ Donald J. Wineman , New York, until 1988; sold to Irving]; Florence and Herbert Irving , New York (1988–2015; donated to MMA)
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