Large Circular Tray with Design of Two Birds
This tray is one of a few such large lacquer trays decorated with two birds, here the mythological Chinese fenghuang, or phoenix. Beautifully carved in deep relief, the birds circle each other against a dense field of peonies and other flowers. The tray combines naturalism with superbly stylized designs.
Wood, black lacquer
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Gift of Mrs. Nathan L. Burnett
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Large Circular Tray with Design of Two Birds, 16th century. Wood, black lacquer, 2 3/4 x 17 1/2 in. (7 x 44.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Nathan L. Burnett, 1991.177. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1991.177_PS11.jpg)
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