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Covered Box
14th century

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Creator Name: artist unknown
Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Chinese
Creator Name-CRT: Artist unknown
Title: Covered Box
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1300
Creation End Date: 1399
Creation Date: 14th century
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Miscellaneous
Materials and Techniques: lacquer, mother-of-pearl
Dimensions: H.12 x Dia.14-5/8 in. (overall)
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 96.71a,b
Credit Line: Gift of Ruth and Bruce Dayton

Important for its size and age, this spectacular box is elaborately decorated in mother-of-pearl inlay on a black lacquer ground. Although the inlay technique dates from the late bronze age, and was very popular in T'ang (618-906), very little from that period has survived in China.

Most decoration on Yuan dynasty (1280-1368) lacquer consisting of landscape and floral motifs is based on contemporary paintings and represents a new direction in lacquer decoration. The basic style remained popular into the nineteenth century. The mother-of-pearl inlay is extremely thin and the thousands of pieces used in the work were carefully selected for their color and iridescence.

AMICA ID: MIA_.96.71a,b
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: ? The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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