Round lobed box with mother-of-pearl inlay

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

  • Geography

  • Material

    Black lacquer on wood core with mother of pearl inlay and metal wire
  • Dimension

    H x W: 15.2 x 19.5 cm (6 x 7 11/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    This box is shaped with lobes modeled to resemble the petals of a lotus blossom, symbol of Buddhist purity. Strips of pewter wire outline the "petals" as part of the decorative scheme and for practical purposes on the edges. The side of the box and the cover are decorated with lotus-petal panels outlined with single strips of pewter wire. The top of the cover is composed of a double border of a nine-petalled lotus design, a pair of circles and two more circles, all outlined with strips of pewter wire. An inset center medallion of reticulated mother-of-pearl is engraved with a coiled dragon.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Japanese and Chinese Lacquer (September 22, 1982 to June 30, 1983)
    A Decade of Discovery: Selected Acquisitions 1970-1980 (November 9, 1979 to May 22, 1980)
    Chinese Album Leaves and Lacquer (February 22, 1971 to November 22, 1971)
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

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