The main theme carved on the present lot depicts the scene 'Xiao He Chasing Han Xin under the Moonlight', a famous account of two key characters who helped Liu Bang to establish the Han Dynasty (206 B.C.-220 A.D.). Han Xin was a capable military commander but Liu was not too impressed by him at first. After the failure to be promoted by Liu despite multiple recommendations by Xiao He, Han decided to desert. Xiao heard that Han had left and immediately chased after him, and returned only after two days with Han. During those two days, Liu, who was heavily dependent on Xiao for administration and advice, suffered an extreme panic attack because of his absence. When Xiao, upon his return, made another recommendation for Han, Liu accepted and made Han the commander-in-chief of his armed forces.
Although a very popular story sometimes seen on other works of art pieces, it is very rare to appear on lacquer dishes.