|Period||China, Ming dynasty, Wanli mark and period (1573 - 1620)|
|Materials and techniques||Porcelain with underglaze blue and overglaze enamels|
|Size||Overall H.10.9 MD.31.9×21.9 BD.27.0×16.5|
Wucai ware of the Wanli reign period (1573–1620) has long been cherished in Japan. Illustrated is a box elaborately decorated with dragons and various other motifs arranged densely over its surface. The box also features an especially delicate and well-executed openwork design of shippo-tsunagi (overlapping circles) on top of the lid. The work is a wonderful example of Wanli porcelain, exhibiting the characteristic features of the period in its elegant colors of red and deep blue, and the somewhat old-fashioned expression of the dragons.