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Artifact Date:

A.D. 1000 - 1499

Artifact Era/Dynasty:

Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)


Provided by the Chinese Arts and Crafts Store

Creator Ancestory:



The Museum Proper

Replica or Original:

Not a Replica

On Display, In Storage, or in a Private Offsite Collection:

On Display

Primary Material:



Carved Vase


9.5" x 4"


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A vase produced from carved lacquer.




Specific Classification:

Decorative Vase

Notable Signatures,

Inscriptions, and/or Markings:

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Provided by the Chinese Arts and Crafts Store

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Lacquer is the sap of a tree that grows wild in all parts of China. Sap has been tapped in China since around 3000 BC. The sap resin is extracted, boiled and filteredbefore application. The red colour is achieved by using cinnabar (mercuric sulphide) as a colouring agent. The lacquer is applied in thin layers to a core, usually made out of wood, brass, silver, gold, or other materials.

Typically, each coat of lacquer was applied thoroughly died and hardened, sanded and smoothed by hand. This process is repeated, sometimes upward of two hundred times. This extremely long drying process cannot be hurried, as the lacquer coating may become fragile and flake off. The coats of lacquer seal the core and, when hardened, are extremely strong. The strength of the exterior make lacquer resistant to decay, allowing objects to exist as light-weight and durable. Generally, pieces of lacquerware can take months to finish, or years for more elaborate pieces.

For decoration, the piece may be painted with a brush and pigments, or layered with gold and silver. Pieces with very thick layers of coating may be carved or incised with intricate patterns of flowers, birds, human figures, landscapes, or symbols of good fortune.

漆是中國各地野生樹木的汁液。自公元前 3000 年左右以來,中國就開始開採樹液。樹液在應用前皆被提取、煮沸和過濾。紅色是通過使用硃砂(硫化汞)作為著色劑來顯現的。漆層會被薄薄地塗在一個核心芯子上,而芯子則通常是由木頭、銅、銀、金或其他材料製成。



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Artifact Date:

A.D. 1000 - 1499

Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)

Artifact Era/Dynasty:

Provided by the Chinese Arts and Crafts Store



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