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明萬曆 剔紅龍紋盤
Dish with dragon

Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Wanli period (1573–1620)
Culture:
China
Medium:
Carved red lacquer
Dimensions:
H. 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm); Diam. 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm)
Classification:
Lacquer
Credit Line:
Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 2015
Accession Number:
2015.500.1.45
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 221
Images of front-facing dragons first appeared in the mid-sixteenth century. They became the most commonly depicted form of the mythical being in the decorative arts of the late Ming period, appearing on ceremonial costumes, porcelain, and carved objects.
[ Spink & Son Ltd. , London, until 1985; sold to Irving] ; Florence and Herbert Irving , New York (1985–2015; 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. "Irving Lacquers," 1998–2000.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Lacquer: An Introduction," December 4, 2007–May 11, 2008.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Cinnabar: The Chinese Art of Carved Lacquer," August 6, 2009–February 21, 2010.

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. "Cinnabar: The Chinese Art of Carved Lacquer, 14th to 19th Century," June 15, 2016–October 9, 2017.

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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