Cinnabar polychrome carved lacquer dish

Yuan dynasty, 14th century, China

Width: 18.5 cm, 7.28 inches

A shallow dish with scalloped rim, the interior well carved with a scholar seated on a rocky outcrop with two attendants behind, admiring a cascading waterfall amongst rockwork and maple trees. The inside walls of the dish are carved with a variety of flowers and leaves, the outer sides carved with ruyi heads. It is particularly unusually to find a cinnabar lacquer dishes with the addition of polychrome colours, in this example the colours include yellow ochre, green, black and red.

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