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Chinese Lacquerwar

"Chinese Lacquerwar"

Toyokan Room 9  February 19, 2019 (Tue) - May 12, 2019 (Sun)

  
Tray, Saihi type with design in xipi lacquer, China, Southern Song dynasty, 12th-13th century (Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur M. Sackler)

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:
Tray, Saihi type with design in xipi lacquer, China, Southern Song dynasty, 12th-13th century (Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur M. Sackler)
Rectangular Tray, Dragon design in colored lacquer and gold inlay, China, Ming dynasty, dated 1585 (Gift of Mr. Hirota Matsushige)
Sutra Box, Peacock design in gilded hairline engraving, ChinaYuan dynasty, dated 1315 (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Komyobo temple, Hiroshima)