Exhibitions/ Art Object

Box with Scene of a Reception and Boys at Play

Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
17th century
Lacquer with inlays of mother-of-pearl, gold, and silver
H. 3 7/8 in. (9.8 cm); W. 9 7/8 in. (25.1 cm); L. 28 1/8 in. (71.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Vincent Astor Foundation Gift, 2010
Accession Number:
2010.32a, b
Not on view
The reception scene on the top of the box suggests the birthday gathering for the general Guo Ziyi, an impression reinforced by the many boys at play on the sides of the box. Guo Ziyi was said to have had one hundred sons and one thousand grandsons.
Inscription: 竦川程蘧庵置
Private collection (until sale, Christie’s New York, Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, September 14–15, 2009, lot 241, to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Celebration: The Birthday in Chinese Art," February 27, 2010–November 28, 2010.

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