Square cinnabar lacquer tray
Ming Dynasty, early 16th century, China
明 16世紀早期 中國
Height: 19.5 cm, 7.7 inches
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.