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TWO SMALL CARVED CINNABAR LACQUER INCENSE BOXES AND COVERS
TWO SMALL CARVED CINNABAR LACQUER INCENSE BOXES AND COVERS

16TH CENTURY

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TWO SMALL CARVED CINNABAR LACQUER INCENSE BOXES AND COVERS
16th century
The first with slightly convex cover carved with a barbarian performer distinctively dressed in a long-sleeved robe with fur-collar and feathered conical hat, taming a ferocious lion on a diaper ground, the reverse with blossoming peony stems, the straight sides with floral bands, the interior plain dark brown, minor repairs; the second crisply carved with a flautist seated on rockwork below a tree on a river-bank, the extremities of an aquatic beast appearing between waves, the intricately-carved ground variously patterned, the straight sides deeply carved with key-fret bands, the base and interior plain brown
3.1/8 in. (8 cm.) and 2 in. (6.4 cm.) diam. (2)
Literature
Derek Clifford, Chinese Carved Lacquer, London, 1992, pl.54, p.82.

Lot Essay

The first box and cover belongs to a select group with variations of the same 'Dancing Asiatic' subject, of which several are illustrated by Wang Shixiang, Ancient Chinese Lacquerware, Beijing, 1987; Jan Wirgin, Some Chinese Carved Lacquer of the Yuan and Ming Periods, Bulletin of the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, no.44, Stockholm, 1972, pl.17; and another in the Museum of East Asian Art, Bath, Inaugural Exhibition Catalogue, vol.II, 1993, no.316, p.129.

The flautist on the second box may be identified as Hsiao Shih, whose music is said to have drawn phoenix from the sky.
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