A MOTHER-OF-PEARL-INLAID BLACK LACQUER BOX AND COVER
A MOTHER-OF-PEARL-INLAID BLACK LACQUER BOX AND COVER

MING DYNASTY, 16TH-17TH CENTURY

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A MOTHER-OF-PEARL-INLAID BLACK LACQUER BOX AND COVER
MING DYNASTY, 16TH-17TH CENTURY
The top of the cover is embellished in mother-of-pearl with Shoulao seated on a crane, and the vertical sides of both cover and box with cash diaper pattern. The interiors are coated with red lacquer and the base is coated with black lacquer.
3 in. (7.8 cm.) diam.

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A similar box and cover dated Ming dynasty, is illustrated in Chinese Ancient Arts in the Idemitsu Collection, Tokyo, 1989, pl. 393. See, also, another Ming dynasty example illustrated in East Asian Urushi Lacquer Work with Mother-of-Pearl Inlay, The Tokogawa Art Museum, Nagoya, 1999, no. 35.

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