Lacquer box with scroll and floral decorationOn display
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Lacquer box with scroll and floral decoration
Date17th century (1601 - 1700)
Material and technique
wood, covered in layers of red and black lacquer, with carved decoration
Dimensionswith lid 3.8 cm (height)
without lid 2.4 cm (height)
5.3 cm (diameter)
at foot 3.1 cm (diameter)
No. of items
Presented by E. H. North, 1970.
Museum locationSecond floor | Gallery 38 | China from AD 800
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Glossary of terms
Chinese and Japanese lacquer is made from the sap of the lacquer tree, which is indigenous to Eastern China. It is applied to wood as a varnish or for decorative effect. In India and the Middle East, lacquer is made from the deposit of the lac insect.