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明嘉靖 剔彩道家神仙圖漆斗
Rice measure with Daoist deities

Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Jiajing period (1522–66)
16th century
Carved red, green, and black lacquer
H. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm); W. 12 3/4 in. (32.4 cm); D. 12 7/8 in. (32.7 cm)
Credit Line:
John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1913
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 221
This vessel’s shape identifies it as a rare example of a lacquer rice measure. Adorning each of its sides is a Daoist figure in a landscape. The man riding a black ox is Laozi (ca. sixth century B.C.), the reputed author of the Daode jing (The Classic of the Way and Its Virtue) and one of the seminal deities in the Daoist religion. The other three figures, as yet unidentified, are attended by animals: a dragon, a dog, and a goat.
Marking: Jiajing (1522–66)
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