Exhibitions/ Art Object

Chest with Christian Imagery

Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
16th century
Lacquer painted with gold and oil colors
H. 11 in. (27.9 cm); W. 10 1/2 in. (26.7 cm); D. 7 in. (17.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Florence and Herbert Irving Gift, 1992
Accession Number:
Not on view
This chest's lid is decorated with an unusual portrait of a pope, most likely Sixtus V (r. 1585–90). The Old Testament tale of Abraham's expulsion of Hagar and her son, Ishmael, to appease his barren wife, Sarah, is depicted on the front of the chest. While the composition was based on European prints, the use of a screen for the background adds a Chinese flair.
[ Jeremy Pine Fine Art , Sonoma, CA, until 1992; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Lacquer: Painted and Carved," 2007.

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