Lozenge-Shaped Dish with Garden Scene, Black lacquer with mother-of-pearl inlay and gold and silver foil, China

明晚期 黑漆嵌螺鈿庭園人物紋菱形盤
Lozenge-Shaped Dish with Garden Scene

Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Date:
late 16th–17th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Black lacquer with mother-of-pearl inlay and gold and silver foil
Dimensions:
H. 1 1/8 in. (2.9 cm); W. 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm); L. 11 1/4 in. (28.6 cm)
Classification:
Lacquer
Credit Line:
Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 2015
Accession Number:
2015.500.1.58
Not on view
The use of an extremely thin piece of shell in combination with gold and silver foil began in second half of the sixteenth century and continued until the eighteenth. The theme of literati gentlemen enjoying a garden, often found in arts of the late Ming period, included groups of stock figures such as those in the pavilion, often based on woodblock prints. Gathered here are musicians playing a mouth organ (sheng), a zither (also sheng but written with a different character), and possibly clappers. One young attendant carries another type of zither (qin), suggesting that the gentlemen will be joining their fellow musicians in the pavilion.
[ Donald J. Wineman , New York, until 1986; sold to Irving]; Florence and Herbert Irving , New York (1986–2015; donated to MMA)
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