Carved Ming Screen, Black Lacquer
Made up of individual pieces of wood fitted together using traditional mortis and tenon joints, the lattice design in the upper panels of this beautiful black lacquer screen, date back to Ming dynasty China. The screens panels are based on similar original ones that would form the interior windows or doors of a Chinese house. The bottom panels are in rattan fitted over wood. The four panels are held together with brass hinges, they make a wonderful room divider in a modern home. Note that each screen is made by hand and so actual designs can vary slightly.