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Chinese Lacquerware

"Chinese Lacquerware"

Asian Gallery (Toyokan) Room 9  September 29, 2020 (Tue) - December 13, 2020 (Sun)

Writing Box with Flowers and a Bird, Ming dynasty, 16th century (Important Cultural Property)

Lacquer is the sap of the lacquer tree, which grows in East and Southeast Asia. Naturally sticky, it can be brushed onto different materials, and hardens into a durable coating that is waterproof and resistant to acids, alkalis, and heat.

The history of lacquerware in China dates back to the Neolithic period. Over the past 7,000 years, a number of ornate decorative techniques have grown out of Chinese innovations, including: built-up layers of lacquer that are then carved, mother-of-pearl inlay, incised lines of gold, and a special type of decorative inlay made up of different colors of lacquer and outlined in incised lines.

Major Work(s) on Exhibit 4 results
Designation Name Amount Creation Excavation Period Acquisition Ownership Comment
_MD_RECOMMEND Box with Dragons among Clouds China Southern Song dynasty, 13th century TH-502
Box with Birds and Flowers China Ming dynasty, 15th century TH-366
_MD_RECOMMEND Important Cultural Property Writing Box with Flowers and a Bird China Ming dynasty, 16th century TH-298-2
_MD_RECOMMEND Important Cultural Property Writing Table with Birds and Flowers China Ming dynasty, 16th century TH-298-3