Square cinnabar lacquer tray

剔紅方形盤

Ming Dynasty, early 16th century, China

明 16世紀早期 中國

Height: 19.5 cm, 7.7 inches

高19.5釐米

Square with rounded corners, the tray has shallow curving sides and a flat base that is raised upon a square foot rim. The interior depicts a scholar within a pavilion beside a lake fringed with bamboo, pine and plum trees – known as the Three Friends – amongst ornamental rockwork and acer trees; an attendant crosses a rustic bridge to the pavilion carrying a flowering branch.

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