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  • China
  • bowl, 1541, Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
  • Where object was made: China
  • carving, lacquer
  • Object Height/Diameter: 9.5 x 25.1 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 3 3/4 x 9 7/8 in
  • Gift of David P. Bushnell in honor of Sammy Yu-kuan Lee
  • Not on display
  • 1977.0116
Label Text

Carved red lacquer bowl with designs of birds. Bird and flowers motifs in landscape. The bowl is bell-shaped with an everted lip. The carved red lacquer outer surface is divided into four ogee-shaped panels, each with different birds and flowers (one with rooster, hen, and peonies; one with ducks, flowering plum, and bamboo; one with a fox and three birds including a pheasant; one with cranes and pines). All four panels have landscape settings indicated by cliffs and a rocky shore.