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A RARE EARLY MING TIXI RED LACQUER CIRCULAR BOX AND COVER
A RARE EARLY MING TIXI RED LACQUER CIRCULAR BOX AND COVER

YUAN/EARLY MING DYNASTY, 14TH/15TH CENTURY

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A RARE EARLY MING TIXI RED LACQUER CIRCULAR BOX AND COVER
YUAN/EARLY MING DYNASTY, 14TH/15TH CENTURY
The upper surface and sides deeply carved with fluid swirling classic-scrolls exposing layers of red and black lacquer, the interior and base lacquered black
3 3/8 in. (8.5 cm.) diam., Japanese wood box
Provenance
A Japanese private collection

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A box with similar carved design in the Idemitsu Collection is illustrated in Ancient Chinese Arts in the Idemitsu Collection, Tokyo, 1989, no. 381. Compare also a very similar box illustrated in Carved Lacquer, The Tokugawa Art Museum, Japan, 1984, no. 22 and another example with a black lacquer rather than cinnabar lacquer surface layer published by Iwao Ikeda, Lacquer Tea Ware, Incense Boxes, Japan, 1994 no. 96.

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