Round box knitted with bamboo strips lacquered in brown, with picture of lychee fruit


Ming Dynasty
Diameter: 15cm
Height: 5.7cm

The body of the box is made up of bamboo strips woven into shape, then thickly applied with brown lacquer to form an organic whole. The cover is incised with a picture of lychee fruit. The fine incisions are filled with gold to give it added contrast to the dark brown ground. The muted tones give the piece a quiet elegance.