Red lacquer with incised decoration inlaid with gold; damascened brass lock and key
H. 5 1/2 in. (14 cm); W. 5 in. (12.7 cm); L. 16 in. (40.6 cm)
Purchase, Sir Joseph Hotung and The Vincent Astor Foundation Gifts, 2001
Not on view
Vigorous, sinewy dragons are frequently depicted on works produced during the reign of the Yongle emperor. Intended to hold a Buddhist text made in the Chinese handscroll format, elegant boxes like this one were produced for both use at the court and as diplomatic gifts, particularly to Tibet.