Lacquered box with chrysanthemumsOn display
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Lacquered box with chrysanthemums
Date1st half of the 18th century
Material and technique
box, probably wood, covered in black lacquer, and inlaid with mother-of-pearl; crystal lid
Dimensionswith lid 7.2 x 6.6 x 5.7 cm (height x width x depth)
without lid 6.8 x 6.6 x 5.7 cm (height x width x depth)
No. of items
Presented by E. H. North, 1965.
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.