Sutra Box, 14th century

  • Chinese

Lacquer over wood

  • Framed: Overall: 8 3/4 × 14 3/8 × 7 1/8 inches (22.2 × 36.5 × 18.1 cm)

Founders Society Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Allan Shelden III Fund, and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Buhl Ford II Fund

1985.16

Department

Asian Art

  • Wood
  • Lacquer
  • Symbols
  • Leaves (plant materials)
  • Box
  • China

Signed, Marks, Inscriptions

Marked, carved on end of box: [character, meaning may vary, presently undetermined; see registrar's accession sheet for reproduction of character] Marked, carved on end of lid: [character, meaning may vary, presently undetermined; see registrar's accession sheet for reproduction of character] Stamped, in red lacquer, interior of cover: [partially obliterated, unidentified stamped seal]

Inscribed, in red laquer: [Chinese characters stating the inventory number #341; see registrar's accession sheet for reproduction of inventory marks]

Provenance

(Mayuyama and Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan); 1985-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Published References

Bulletin of the DIA 62, no. 3. 1986, p. 20. Mitchell, S. "A portfolio of East Asian lacquers," APOLLO, vol. 124, no. 298. (December 1986): pp. 74-75, (ill.).

Rights Status

Chinese, Sutra Box, 14th century, lacquer over wood. Detroit Institute of Arts, Founders Society Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Allan Shelden III Fund, and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Buhl Ford II Fund, 1985.16.