Chinese Lacquer

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Lacquer, the resin of a family of trees found throughout southern China—as well as in Southeast Asia, Korea, and Japan—is an amazing material. When exposed to oxygen and humidity, lacquer hardens or polymerizes, becoming a natural plastic and an ideal protective covering for screens, trays, and other implements. Mixed with pigments, particularly cinnabar (red) and carbon (black), lacquer has been also used as an artistic media for millennia.

This installation, which features all of the most important examples of Chinese lacquer in the Museum's collection, explores the laborious techniques used to create scenes based on history and literature, images of popular gods and mythical and real animals, and representations of landscapes and flowers and birds.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
10028-0198 New York
United states
212 535 7710
http://www.metmuseum.org/en/exhibitions/listings/2015/c...

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Chinese Lacquer The Metropolitan Museum of Art Main address: The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Avenue 10028-0198 New York, United states The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Avenue 10028-0198 New York, United states Lacquer, the resin of a family of trees found throughout southern China—as well as in Southeast Asia, Korea, and Japan—is an amazing material. When exposed to oxygen and humidity, lacquer hardens or polymerizes, becoming a natural plastic and an ideal protective covering for screens, trays, and other implements. Mixed with pigments, particularly cinnabar (red) and carbon (black), lacquer has been also used as an artistic media for millennia.

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