A similar lacquer dish found amongst a group of lacquer dated to the Tang dynasty excavated at Jianli Xian, Hubei province, is published in Wenwu, 1982, 2.93, pl. 8. fig. 4. Compare also a brown lacquer dish of similar size, but without the six metal borders, formerly in the Lee Family Collection, sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 3 December 2008, lot 2101.
The shape and the metal bound mouth rim relate closely to Ding ceramics of the Song period from which the present lacquer dish has taken its inspiration. See three lobed Ding dishes with metal bound mouth rims, illustrated in Catalogue of the Special Exhibition of Ting Ware White Porcelain, National Palace Museum, 1987, nos. 102-104. Thinly potted Ding ceramic bowls and dishes were fired upside down on unglazed mouth rims, and were often fitted with metal bands either for protection or to provide a smoother surface.