Box with pommel scroll design, Carved red and black lacquer, China

元至明初 朱面剔犀劍環紋漆盒
Box with pommel scroll design

Period:
Yuan (1271–1368) or Ming (1368–1644) dynasty
Date:
late 14th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Carved red and black lacquer
Dimensions:
H. 5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm); Diam.13 1/8 in. (33.2 cm)
Classification:
Lacquer
Credit Line:
Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, in honor of James C. Y. Watt, 2011
Accession Number:
2011.120.3a, b
Not on view
At first glance this large box with a spiraling geometric design appears to be made of red lacquer. It was in fact carved from layers of red and black lacquer, a technique that gives the surface its resonance.
[ Klaus F. Naumann , Tokyo, until 1989; sold to Irving]; Florence and Herbert Irving , New York (1989–2011; donated to MMA)
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Asian Art (35,454)