This ding shape appears to be very rare in lacquer. The inspiration for the shape would most likely have come from contemporaneous vessels in either metal or porcelain, such as the Wanli mark and period ding of this form, but missing its handles, molded with composite foliate scroll and then painted in a wucai palette, illustrated by J. Harrison-Hall, Ming Ceramics in the British Museum, London, 2001, pp. 335-6, no. 11:157. See, also, the yellow-glazed ding carved with taotie masks and inscribed with a 16th century potter's name, Zhou Tanquan, illustrated by S. Jenyns, Ming Pottery and Porcelain, London, 1953, pl. 92B. Although the form may be atypical, the decoration of flowering branches is typical of carved lacquer of the period.