The Art of Lacquer


"The Art of Lacquer" introduces lacquerware objects from the museum’s collections to showcase one of the most enduring and distinctive forms of craftsmanship in the world. Lacquerware objects are light, water-resistant and durable, and they can last for thousands of years. Some pieces are coated with more than 100 layers of lacquer and then carved into a detailed relief. Others demonstrate meticulous applications of mother-of-pearl to produce scenes with the scope of landscape paintings. Still, others are painstakingly decorated with gold and silver powders. The rich history of this artistic tradition is revealed through a selection of compelling and distinctive pieces that feature historical figures, floral motifs and a variety of auspicious symbols.

The exhibition runs Sept. 28, 2018-Jan. 6, 2019.


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