Lacquer bowl with a phoenix amid peoniesOn display
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Lacquer bowl with a phoenix amid peonies
Date16th century (1501 - 1600)
Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644)
Material and technique
wood, covered in red lacquer, with carved decoration
Dimensions9.5 cm (height)
20.5 cm (diameter)
at foot 10.8 cm (diameter)
No. of items
Presented by E. H. North, 1964.
Museum locationSecond floor | Gallery 38 | China from AD 800
Glossary of terms
Chinese and Japanese lacquer is made from the sap of the lacquer tree, which is indigenous to Eastern China. It is applied to wood as a varnish or for decorative effect. In India and the Middle East, lacquer is made from the deposit of the lac insect.
Mythical bird known as hōō in Japan. The Islamic tradition appropriated the far-eastern iconography of the phoenix and used it to represent another mythical bird, the simurgh.