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Cinnabar Lacquer box (with the lid)

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Cinnabar Lacquer box (with the lid)

Creation date: 19th century
Creation place: China

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Type: Lacquer Box
Medium and Support: Lacquered wood
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Helen B. Jeffers
Accession Number: 1972.246.a-b
Dimensions: 2 15/16 in. x 9 1/4 in. x 9 1/4 in. (7.46 cm x 23.5 cm x 23.5 cm)
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Helen B. Jeffers, Santa Monica, California ( - December 16, 1972)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (December 16, 1972 - )

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Sitting in a garden with a pavilion that faces the stream, two gentlemen-scholars converse while awaiting another guest, who approaches with his servant carrying a zither, an ancient stringed instrument. The composition, a diagonal division of land and water, is clearly inspired by thirteenth-century Southern Song painting, which is characterized as “one-corner style.” The pavilion, water, and scholars with their servants are also common themes in painting after the fifteenth century. Lacquer objects appear in various sizes and shapes—as cylindrical or square boxes, and oval or eight-lobed dishes. Sometimes, a bowl and stand in a pair are also produced for special occasions.

Last Updated: 10/7/2019


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Art of East Asia: China The San Diego Museum of Art , 1/24/2013 - 00/00/00

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