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571
A CINNABAR LACQUER 'TIXI' FOUR-TIERED BOX AND COVER
MING DYNASTY, 16TH / 17TH CENTURY
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 18,750 USD
JUMP TO LOT
571
A CINNABAR LACQUER 'TIXI' FOUR-TIERED BOX AND COVER
MING DYNASTY, 16TH / 17TH CENTURY
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 18,750 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A CINNABAR LACQUER 'TIXI' FOUR-TIERED BOX AND COVER
MING DYNASTY, 16TH / 17TH CENTURY
of square section with rounded corners carved through multiple alternating layers of red and black lacquer, the center of the cover with a quatrefoil stylized floral motif surrounded on each side by three sword pommel motifs, interspersed with dots and smaller pommels on the corners, each tier with a single row of pommels alternating on each level with pendent and upright pommels, save for the bottom tier with two rows, the interior lacquered black, all supported on a slightly splayed base, Japanese wood box (5)
Height 8 1/4  in., 21 cm 
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Catalogue Note

Inspired by swirling designs on silver vessels, the deeply layered and carved geometric motif seen on the present lacquer box was an innovative response by lacquerware artisans of the Song dynasty. The tri-lobed motif, often described as a ‘pommel’ also bears a strong resemblance to the auspicious ruyi form.

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