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Chinese Lacquerware

"Chinese Lacquerware"

Asian Gallery (Toyokan) Room 9  January 2, 2022 (Sun) - April 3, 2022 (Sun)

Lobed Tray with a Dragon among Surging Waves, China, Qing dynasty, Kangxi era (1662–1722)

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 2 results
Designation Name Amount Creation Excavation Period Acquisition Ownership Comment
Highlight Brush and Cap with Figures China Ming dynasty, 16th–17th century Gift of Mr. Hirota Matsushige, TH-336
Highlight Lobed Tray with a Dragon among Surging Waves China Qing dynasty, Kangxi era (1662–1722) TH-524