Dish with dragon, Polychrome lacquer with filled-in and engraved gold decoration, China

明萬曆 填漆戧金龍紋盤
Dish with dragon

Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Wanli period (1573–1620)
Date:
dated 1595
Culture:
China
Medium:
Polychrome lacquer with filled-in and engraved gold decoration
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:
2015.500.1.53
Not on view
Several complicated techniques were used to create this lively design of a dragon flying above a rock and waves. The dragon was first carved into the surface and then filled with gold and colored lacquers. The resulting decoration extended above the surface of the dish, which was then polished down until it was even.
[ Spink & Son Ltd. , London, until 1986; sold to Irving]; Florence and Herbert Irving , New York (1986–2015; donated to MMA)
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