A mother-of-pearl inlaid octagonal lacquer tray with prunus (flowing plum) and birds

黑漆嵌螺鈿花鳥八方盤

Yuan to Ming dynasty, 14th century, China

元代-明代, 14世紀, 中國

Diameter: 42.2 cm/ 16.61 inches

直徑: 42.2 釐米

The interior of the tray is decorated with two birds perched on prunus branches, with the crescent moon in the far distance, bordered by eight panels of floral sprays. The rim is decorated with floral and geometric designs which also appear on the exterior of the foot.

The subject of prunus and sparrow was popular in small-format paintings of the Southern Song period.

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