Octagonal box with Chinese motifs


Anonymous - Octagonal box with Chinese motifs
The tradition of using natural lacquer for artistic purposes has existed in China since the Neolithic Age. It was first used to preserve objects or to paint on wood and other materials. Later, it was coloured black or red and carved – decorative carving was done after the many layers of lacquer dried. Lacquer was often used to make boxes of all shapes and sizes for interiors. Another widespread decorating technique were inlays in mother-of-pearl, in which artisans of the late imperial era excelled most, creating thereby complex figural or landscape compositions.
measurements: height 23 cm
depth Ø 27,5 cm
in collections:
material: lacquer inlaid in mother-of-pearl
inventory number: Vu 392
gallery collection: Collection of Asian and African Art