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Artist/makerattributed to 'Ali ibn Abi Talib ("'Ali ibn Abi Talib") (ruled AD 656 - 661) (author)
Date1486 (AH 891)
Material and technique
ink, colour, and gold on paper; bound in paper, painted with watercolour, and covered in lacquer
Material indexprocessed material metal gold;
Dimensionsclosed 21 x 14 x 1.5 cm (height x width x depth)
calligraphy 17 cm (height)
No. of items
Bequeathed by Christopher T. Gandy, 2012.
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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.