Compare also the treatment of the pair of chilong on a box in the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, illustrated in Chinese Art in Overseas Collections - Lacquerware, Taipei, 1987, p. 28, attributed to the Southern Song. The dragons are similarly depicted as on the current dish, rendered dynamically amidst lingzhi. For another example of Song carved cinnabar lacquer ware from the Song dynasty demonstrating similar intricate low-relief carving, see the treatment of the floral spray on a Song dynasty cinnabar lacquer cupstand originally from the Lee family collection, included in the exhibition Dragon and Phoenix. Chinese Lacquer Ware, The Lee Family Collection, The Museum of East Asian Art, Cologne, 1990, cat. no. 30.
The motif of chilong is much more frequently found on Song ceramics, such as Ding ware. See the Ding bowl incised with a chilong in a lotus pond in the collection of the National Palace Museum, Taipei, illustrated in China at the Inception of the Second Millennium - Art and Culture of the Sung Dynasty, Taipei, 2000, p. 163, no. III-17. See also a moulded Ding dish illustrated ibid., p. 237, no. IV-55), similar to the current lacquer dish in depicting two chilong in the centre.
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