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Dish in the Shape of Four Ruyi with Floral Design
Yuan dynasty (1271-1368)
gold with repoussé and chased decoration, ca. 7 in. diam.
Nanjing Museum
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by N.F. Karlins

"The World of Khubilai Khan: Chinese Art in the Yuan Dynasty" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is filled with treasures from museums around the world. Besides their beauty and rarity, they pose a question -- how monolithic is Chinese art?