Dish with the Three Friends of Winter, Carved brown lacquer, China

明晚期 剔紅歲寒三友圖漆盤
Dish with the Three Friends of Winter

Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Date:
16th–early 17th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Carved brown lacquer
Dimensions:
H. 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm); W. 6 3/8 in. (16.2 cm); L. 6 3/8 in. (16.2 cm)
Classification:
Lacquer
Credit Line:
Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 2015
Accession Number:
2015.500.1.38
Not on view
Pine needles, bamboo leaves, and plum blossoms fill the center of this deeply carved dish. Plum blossoms, which are among the first plants to flower in the early spring, are often associated with the evergreen pine and bamboo in Chinese art. Together, the three plants are known as the Three Friends of Winter, a motif symbolic of the Confucian virtues of endurance, modesty, and fortitude. The prominence given to the plum blossoms on this tray is unusual.
[ Spink & Son Ltd. , London, until 1987; sold to Irving]; Florence and Herbert Irving , New York (1987–2015; donated to MMA)
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