Rectangular altar box with floral roundels

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Historical period(s)
Late Ming dynasty, Jiajing to Wanli reign, late 16th-early 17th century
Medium
Red lacquer on wood core with painted decoration and bamboo basketry panels
Dimensions
H x W x D: 18.1 x 44.8 x 19.6 cm (7 1/8 x 17 5/8 x 7 11/16 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Accession Number
S1987.373a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Container, Lacquer
Type

Box

Keywords
bamboo, China, flower, Jiajing reign (1522 - 1566), Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644), Wanli reign (1573 - 1620), WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Dr. Arthur M. Sackler 1913-1987

Label

On this box, the red surface and painted patterns epitomize the colorful palette of the late Ming dynasty (1368-1644), a period when combinations of lacquer and basketry designs were popular. The woven panels not only added contrasting tone and texture, but they also lightened the weight of the object. Originally this box had three round holes on the interior that held small cups for presenting wine to deities or ancestors in ritual ceremonies. After a later owner filled these holes, the box was used for other purposes.

Published References
  • et al. Asian Art in the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery: The Inaugural Gift. Washington, 1987. cat. 182, p. 273.
  • Lee Yu-kuan. Oriental Lacquer Art., 1st ed. New York. p. 101.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum