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Chinese Lacquerware

"Chinese Lacquerware"

Toyokan Room 9  September 4, 2018 (Tue) - November 25, 2018 (Sun)

  
Covered Vessel, Design of pavilions and figures 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
Covered Vessel, Design of pavilions and figures in carved red lacquer,
Ming dynasty, Yongle era (Gift of Mr. Li Keitaku)
Writing Box, Design of flowers and birds in mother-of-pearl inlay,
Ming dynasty, 16th century (Important Cultural Property)
Stationery Stand, Design of flowers and birds in mother-of-pearl inlay, Ming dynasty, 16th century (Important Cultural Property)