Round lacquer box with mother-of-pearl inlay peony motif

Ming dynasty (A.D. 1368-1644)
Diameter: 13.0 cm

A. round box coated with black lacquer. The cover is inlaid with pieces of mother-of-peral in the shape of a peony plant in full bloom next to a rock and a dragon-fly. The shell pieces are polished to produce beautiful blue and green hues.

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