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Cosmetic Cabinet: Gallery Label - Current

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Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Date

2002-06-05

Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
This tabletop cosmetic cabinet with removable front panel can be dated reliably to the mid-sixteenth century. This popular type of cabinet was also made in hardwood with hinged doors throughout the Ming and Ch'ing dynasties. The box is decorated with a richly orchestrated scheme of symbolic plants and animals. The cartouches on the top and sides display the auspicious phoenix and cranes amongst clouds. The carved d├ęcor also includes symbols of long life--the shou character, ling-chih fungus, and peaches--and the "three friends of winter" (pine, bamboo, prunus), which represent perseverance and virtue. The cabinet is a product of the official workshops of the Chia-ching era. On its base is an engraved and gilded mark reading T'a Ming Chia-ching nian chih (made in the Chia-ching reign of the great Ming).
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Type: Commentary, Gallery Label - Current
Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Rights: Copyright Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Added to Site: November 21, 2009