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Shield with the armorial bearings of Constantijn Ranst
Associated peopleConstantijn Ranst (1635 - 1714) (commissioner)
Datec. 1668 - c. 1700
Material and technique
leather, covered in black lacquer, with gold and red lacquer decoration
Dimensions8.5 cm sight size (height)
54 cm (diameter)
No. of items
Purchased with the assistance of the Friends of the Ashmolean Museum and the MLA/V&A Purchase Grant Fund, 1982.
Museum locationLower ground floor | Gallery 3 | Conservation
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Leather shield made in Bengal and lacquered in Japan. Decorated with the armorial bearings of Constantijn Ranst, who was "opperhoofd" for the Dutch East India Company on Deshima in 1668 and again in 1687.
In: Impey, O. R., and M. Tregear, Oriental Lacquer: Chinese and Japanese Lacquer from the Ashmolean Museum Collections (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 1983)
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.
Impey, O. R., and M. Tregear, Oriental Lacquer: Chinese and Japanese Lacquer from the Ashmolean Museum Collections (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 1983), no. 19 on p. xii, illus. p. 19