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A CARVED CINNABAR LACQUER THREE-TIERED BOX AND COVER
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A CARVED CINNABAR LACQUER THREE-TIERED BOX AND COVER

MING DYNASTY, 15TH-16TH CENTURY

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A CARVED CINNABAR LACQUER THREE-TIERED BOX AND COVER
MING DYNASTY, 15TH-16TH CENTURY
The foliate-shaped body is carved to each tier with large lychee fruits issuing from leafy branches. The cover is similarly carved in a large shaped cartouche with two dragonflies amongst further lychees borne on leafy branches. The design is repeated on the sides of the cover, all above a band of ruyi-head scrolls
7 1⁄4 in. (18.5 cm.) high

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While lychee decoration can often be found on cinnabar lacquer wares from the Ming and the Qing dynasties, it is rare to find tiered lacquer boxes with this decoration. A two tiered circular box and cover with lychee decoration is in the collection of the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in, Zhongguo meishu fenlei quanji - Zhongguo qiqi quanji Ming, Fuzhou, 1995, p. 78.

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