Lacquer with mother-of-pearl inlay
Diameter: 33.1 cm (13 1/16 in.); Overall: 9.6 cm (3 3/4 in.)
Norman O. Stone and Ella A. Stone Memorial Fund 1987.42
Many thin layers of lacquer were applied to the tray's leather core. The design was cut into the dry lacquer and then the mother-of-pearl was inserted.
This mother-of-pearl lacquer tray is decorated with various scenes of animals interacting with their natural surroundings. Its flat circular base depicts a pond where a leaping carp and a small school of fish swim below the boughs of a cherry tree. The tray’s exterior wall is densely decorated with various animals paired with plants symbolizing wishful thoughts of longevity, marital happiness, and prosperity.
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