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Small Cup, 14th century. Carved black, red, and yellow lacquer (tixi) with gilt copper liner, 1 9/16 x 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. (4 x 6.4 x 6.4 cm). Gift of Ruth and Bruce Dayton 2001.68.7 © 2014 Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404
Carved in the tixi (guri), or marbled technique, this petite cup exhibits five pommel scrolls (chian-huan) around its exterior. Built up in layers of two or more contrasting colors, ti-hsi lacquer, carved with pommel scrolls was developed by the Sung dynasty (thirteenth century) and this small vessel shows traits of dating near the beginning of this early category of carved lacquer. These rare, early pieces all have a top layer of lustrous, black lacquer, the alternating color layers include black, red, and yellow. The cutting is deep and at a sharp angle with v-shaped troughs. The area of the top surface left intact is small compared with the carved areas. Variations of this basic « marbled » technique, in combination with the pommel scroll motif may date from as early as the fifth century. The style remained popular well into the Ming period and was adopted by the Japanese where it is known as guri.
Tortoise Form Water Dropper, 17th century. Bronze with gold and silver inlay, 1 15/16 x 5 1/16 x 2 5/8 in. (4.9 x 12.9 x 6.7 cm). Gift of Ruth and Bruce Dayton 2001.135.7 ©2014 Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404
Cast after an ancient Han or Six Dynasties (25-618) prototype, this scholar’s water dropper is in the form of a tortoise holding a small cup in its mouth. The creature is surmounted by a snake inlaid with gold and silver strips. In combination, the snake and tortoise represent the north, or the « dark warrior. » In spite of the patterned inlay, the animals are realistically cast. The tortoise is even correctly detailed with scales and plastron on the underside.
A bronze tortoise-form water dropper was recently excavated from a third- or fourth-century tomb in Ch’ing-hai province. In keeping with scholar’s taste for the ancient, this seventeenth-century writing utensil once used on a scholar’s desk must have been based on an ancient prototype.