18 March 2009
A SMALL MOTHER-OF-PEARL INLAID BLACK LACQUER CIRCULAR BOX AND COVER
YUAN DYNASTY, 14TH CENTURY
The cover decorated with a scene of an official holding a hu scepter accompanied by four attendants standing in a fenced courtyard as he visits another official or scholar seated at a table on the terrace of a pavilion, with two small dogs scampering at the feet of the visitors, while a horse and halberds can be seen beyond a mountain in the distance, the sides inlaid with composite foliate scroll, all within fine twisted wire borders, the interior and base covered in red lacquer
4 5/16 in. (11 cm.) diam., silk pouch
Sammy Y. Lee & Wangs Co., Ltd., Hong Kong, 1973.
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Lee Yu-kuan, Oriental Lacquer Art, Tokyo/New York, 1972, p. 152, no. 85.
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