Box with long-tailed birds and peonies, Carved red lacquer, China

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Box with long-tailed birds and peonies

Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Date:
second half of the 16th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Carved red lacquer
Dimensions:
H. 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm); Diam. 4 1/4 in. (10.8 cm)
Classification:
Lacquer
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
91.1.638
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 221
On the side of the cover are abstract, rocklike forms. They provide a groundline, often seen in sixteenth-century lacquer works, for the auspicious peonies and long-tailed birds on the cover.
Edward C. Moore , New York (until d. 1891; bequeathed to MMA).
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New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Cinnabar: The Chinese Art of Carved Lacquer," August 6, 2009–February 21, 2010.

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

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