Octagonal plate with engraved figures and pavilions design

Ming Dynasty
Height: 0.9 cm, Diameter: 16. 2 cm, Side Length: 6.6 cm
Unearthed from the tomb of Wan Gui outside the You’anmen Gate in Beijing  

This plate is in octagonal shape, decorated with a continuous geometric pattern on the rim. It was firstly molded and then engraved with designs. The main motif at the bottom center is a group of men and buildings accompanied by trees, waves, bridges, horses and rocks. There are twenty-one men who are riding horses, carrying musical instruments, talking or drinking together, depicted with a natural, free and vivid style. The multi-eaves building, in contrast, are precisely rendered. As a whole, the scene has both activity and motionless, which is an engraving representation of traditional Chinese painting. The tomb occupant Wan Gui, born in 1392 in the reign of Hongwu and died in 1475 in the reign of Chenghua, was recorded in Annals of Ming Dynasty, who was the father of Wan Guifei, a concubine of Emperor Xianzong.