Asian Gallery (Toyokan) Room 9 April 18, 2017 (Tue) - July 23, 2017 (Sun)
Covered Box, Pavilion and figure design in carved red lacquer, Ming dynasty, Yongle era (Gift of Mr. Li Keitaku)
This part introduces the various methods and designs in Chinese lacquerware. Lacquerware is a form of decorative art made by applying lacquer sap on vessels and utensils, a practice which developed widely in China, Japan, Korea, and the Southeast Asian regions, in techniques and designs unique to each area. China, in particular, has a history of lacquerware of as long as 7000 years.
Current exhibit includes:
Lacquered Boxes, Western Han dynasty, 2nd–1st century BC
Tray, Pavilion and figure design in carved black lacquer, Southern Song dynasty, 12th–13th century (On exhibit through May 7, 2017; On exhibit from June 6, 2017)
Lidded Box in Shape of Peach, Landscape and figure design in carved red lacquer, Qing dynasty, Qianlong era (1736–95)