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Covered Tray

Asian Art

The top of this covered tray is decorated with a complex painting of palace buildings in a landscape setting, rendered in various colors and gold on a black lacquer ground. Inside the cover is an inscription reading Jie Ji, the name of a lacquer manufacturing studio.

MEDIUM Lacquer and basketry
  • Place Made: China
  • DATES 1368-1644
    DYNASTY Ming Dynasty
    PERIOD Ming Dynasty
    DIMENSIONS 4 1/2 x 12 3/4 x 21 in. (11.4 x 32.4 x 53.3 cm)  (show scale)
    INSCRIPTIONS Inside the cover is an inscription reading Jie ji; the name of a lacquer manufacturing studio.
    COLLECTIONS Asian Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 83.168.3
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Dr. and Mrs. John P. Lyden
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Covered Tray, 1368-1644. Lacquer and basketry, 4 1/2 x 12 3/4 x 21 in. (11.4 x 32.4 x 53.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. John P. Lyden, 83.168.3. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE top, CUR.83.168.3_top_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Low, rectangular box (a) with cover (b). Flange around the perimeter of base widens into a low foot at each corner. Convex sides of minute basketry covered with red-brown lacquer framed in black lacquer with fold fret pattern. Bottom black lacquer. Interior red lacquer. Top painted with an elaborate landscape scene of scholars at a lakeside mansion and garden done with litharge and lacquer colors and gold on a black lacquer ground. The top of this covered tray is decorated with a complex painting of palace buildings in a landscape setting, rendered in various colors and gold on a black lacquer ground. Inside the cover is an inscription reading Jie Ji, the name of a lacquer manufacturing studio. (Gallery Chat Label, 2005) Condition: extensive but inconsequential old abrasions of lacquer painting on the top.
    RECORD COMPLETENESS Best (93%)
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