Jun 17, 2020
Jun 17, 2020
Jun 17, 2020

Round Box with Bird and Peonies Design

Round Box with Bird and Peonies Design


c. 1300

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Carved lacquer

Overall: 21 x 40.6 cm (8 1/4 x 16 in.); Lid: 8.5 x 40.6 cm (3 3/8 x 16 in.); Bottom: 12.5 x 40.6 cm (4 15/16 x 16 in.)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 2011.34.a

Did you know?

To allow for the depth of carving, numerous layers of different colored lacquer were applied to a core of wood strengthened by a fabric covering impregnated with lacquer.


The carved lacquer box and lobed silver container nearby both feature pairs of birds and flowers on their covers. There is a striking similarity in decoration, shape, and aesthetic appeal. Both boxes suggest that successful designs and shapes circulated among craftsmen, workshops, and beyond regional borders.

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Chinese Art
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