MING DYNASTY, 16TH CENTURY, JIAJING MARK AND PERIOD (1522-1566), DATED TO 1522
Of circular section, the domed cover and base are finely carved with a lychee branch bearing fruit and foliage all against a diaper ground. The base is similarly decorated. The black lacquer interior is inscribed with a ‘Da Ming Jiajing Ren Wu Nian Zhi’ 大明嘉靖壬午年製 mark (dated to 1522) in vermillion.
A cinnabar lacquer box and cover with a lychee design is illustrated in Carving the Subtle Radiance of Colors: Treasured Lacquerware in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, 2008, p. 66, Catalogue No. 48