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Square Tray: Gallery Label - Current


Minneapolis Institute of Arts



Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
This shallow tray or dish with its dense design featuring two pheasants flying amongst camellias represents a new approach to carved lacquer. The Yuan artisan has used foreshortening and overlapping along with fine incisions to convey texture in the bird's feathers, veins of the leaves and blossoms, and the centers of the flowers, thus creating a stronger sense of three dimensionality than lacquer artists of preceding periods.

The outside of the tray is carved in the ti-hsi (marbled) technique with a classic "fragrant grass" scroll revealing layers of alternating red, black, and cream lacquer where carved through the red surface. The base is lacquered plain black.

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Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Rights: Copyright Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Added to Site: November 21, 2009