Carved lacquer tray with guri scrolling designOn display
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Carved lacquer tray with guri scrolling design
Material and technique
wood, covered in black and red lacquer, with carved decoration
Dimensions10.6 x 21.2 x 2 cm (height x width x depth)
No. of items
Museum locationSecond floor | Gallery 38 | China from AD 800
Glossary of terms
Alternating layers of different coloured lacquers carved with a V-shaped knife to reveal the layers of colour in the cuts.
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.