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A carved cinnabar lacquer 'Lion' dish, Ming dynasty, 16th century. Photo Sotheby's

of shallow five-lobed form, carved in relief to the center with a lively Buddhist lion playing with a beribboned ball among four more auspicious emblems all within a single conforming band, the cavetto with further Buddhist symbols, the reverse incised with guri-type scrolls, the base and low foot in black lacquer. Diameter 8 in., 24 cm. Estimation 20,000 — 30,000 USD

Provenance: Spink & Son Ltd., London (according to label).

Sotheby's.Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art.New York | 18 mars 2014 - www.sothebys.com