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Box with PeoniesMing dynasty (1368–1644), Yongle period (1403–24) 15th century ChinaCarved red lacquer H. (6.4 cm); Diam. ...
Box with Peach Blossom GrottoYuan (1271–1368)–early Ming (1368–1644) dynasty late 14th–mid 15th century China Blacklacquer...
Box with Pommel ScrollDesign Yuan dynasty (1271–1368) late 13th–14th century ChinaCarved red and black lacquer H.(3.8 cm);...
Dish with “Pommel Scroll”ChinaH: (3.5 cm) L (24.1 cm)Design Yuan dynasty (1271–1368)14th century
Dish with Character for Longevity (Shou)Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Jiajing mark and period (1522–66)Carved red lacquer (17....
Dish with DragonMing dynasty (1368–1644)Carved red lacquer, Wanli Diam. (15.9 cm)
Dish with Dragon Ming dynasty (1368–1644),Wanli period (1573–1620), 1595 ChinaRed lacquer with incised decoration inlaid w...
Dish with the Three Friends of WinterMing dynasty (1368–1644) 16th–17th century ChinaCarved brown lacquer 16.2 cm)
Lobed Box  Yuan dynasty (1271–1368) 14th century China  Black lacquer and mother-of-pearl and pewter-wire inlays  H. (17.8...
Oval Dish with Immortals Playing WeiqiEarly Ming dynasty (1368–1644) late 14th century ChinaCarved red and green lacquer L...
Jewel BoxQing dynasty (1644–1911), Qianlong period (1736–95) ChinaLacquer, brass Total height: (26.8 cm)
Lozenge-Shaped Dish with Figures in a LandscapeMing dynasty (1368–1644) late 14th–early 15th century ChinaCarved red lacqu...
Set of four saucersQing dynasty (1644–1911),Qianlong period (1736–95) ChinaCinnabar lacquer 16.8 cm)
Lozenge-Shaped Tray  Yuan dynasty (1271–1368) 14th century China  Brown lacquer L. (33 cm)Tiered Box with Figures in a Lan...
Tea-Bowl Stand with PhoenixesMing dynasty (1368–1644), Yongle period (1403–24) ChinaCarved red lacquer H.(7.6 cm)
Sutra Box with DragonMing dynasty (1368–1644), Yongle period (1403–24) ChinaRed lacquer with incised decoration and gildin...
Octagonal Dish with Flowering Plum and BirdsYuan (1271–1368)–early Ming (1368–1644) dynasty14th century ChinaBlack lacquer...
Octagonal Tray with Eighteen Scholars of the TangMing dynasty (1368–1644) 15th century ChinaBlack lacquer with mother-of-p...
Platter with Scenes of Children at PlayYuan dynasty (1271–1368) 14th century ChinaCarved red lacquer Diam. (55.6 cm)
Round Dish with Birds and HollyhockYuan (1271–1368)–early Ming (1368–1644) dynasty 14th century China Carvedred lacquer Di...
Pair of Dishes with Scenes from the Romance of the Three KingdomsYuan (1271–1368)–Ming (1368–1644) dynasty late 14th centu...
Ritual Food Container with Cover (Dui)Eastern Zhou dynasty (770–256 B.C.)ca. 4th century B.C. ChinaBronze inlaid with comp...
Lacquer, made from the resin of a family of trees (Rhus verniciflua) native to East Asia, is an amazing material. When tap...
Text and pictures: Metropolitan Museum                                                              Copyright: All the ima...
Peter Kater and Nawang Khechog
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Special Exhibitions at The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Red and Black (Chinese Lacquer, 13th–16th Century) September 7, 2011–June 10, 2012
Lacquer, made from the resin of a family of trees (Rhus verniciflua) native to East Asia, is an amazing material. When tapped from the tree, it is white or light gray and has a consistency similar to that of molasses. When exposed to oxygen and humidity, lacquer polymerizes, or hardens, into a natural plastic that is resistant to water, certain acids, and heat, rendering it an ideal protective covering for objects made of wood and, occasionally, metal.
Produced largely in the south, lacquer has been used in China since at least the sixth century B.C. on serving vessels, boxes, and other containers. When mixed with pigments, particularly red (cinnabar) and black (carbon), lacquer is also used for painting. Historical records indicate that Chinese lacquer was imported into the area near present-day Samarkand as early as the twelfth century, and it is documented in Japanese collections as early as the fourteenth. Lacquers served as diplomatic gifts and luxurious trade goods, and they have been an integral part of the Japanese tea ceremony for centuries.

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  • Sutra Box with Dragon Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Yongle period (1403–24) China Red lacquer with incised decoration and gilding; damascened-brass lock and key H. (14 cm); L. (40.6 cm)
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    1. 1. http://www.authorstream.com/Presentation/michaelasanda-1510946-red-black2/
    2. 2. Box with PeoniesMing dynasty (1368–1644), Yongle period (1403–24) 15th century ChinaCarved red lacquer H. (6.4 cm); Diam. (15.9 cm)
    3. 3. Box with Peach Blossom GrottoYuan (1271–1368)–early Ming (1368–1644) dynasty late 14th–mid 15th century China Blacklacquer with mother-of-pearl inlay H. (7.6 cm).jpg
    4. 4. Box with Pommel ScrollDesign Yuan dynasty (1271–1368) late 13th–14th century ChinaCarved red and black lacquer H.(3.8 cm); Diam. (12.7 cm)
    5. 5. Dish with “Pommel Scroll”ChinaH: (3.5 cm) L (24.1 cm)Design Yuan dynasty (1271–1368)14th century
    6. 6. Dish with Character for Longevity (Shou)Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Jiajing mark and period (1522–66)Carved red lacquer (17.1 cm)
    7. 7. Dish with DragonMing dynasty (1368–1644)Carved red lacquer, Wanli Diam. (15.9 cm)
    8. 8. Dish with Dragon Ming dynasty (1368–1644),Wanli period (1573–1620), 1595 ChinaRed lacquer with incised decoration inlaid with gold,black, and green Diam.15.9 cm.jpg
    9. 9. Dish with the Three Friends of WinterMing dynasty (1368–1644) 16th–17th century ChinaCarved brown lacquer 16.2 cm)
    10. 10. Lobed Box Yuan dynasty (1271–1368) 14th century China Black lacquer and mother-of-pearl and pewter-wire inlays H. (17.8 cm)Dish with Two BoysMing dynasty (1368–1644) 16th century ChinaBlack lacquer with mother-of-pearl inlay H. (1.9 cm)
    11. 11. Oval Dish with Immortals Playing WeiqiEarly Ming dynasty (1368–1644) late 14th century ChinaCarved red and green lacquer L. (23.5 cm)
    12. 12. Jewel BoxQing dynasty (1644–1911), Qianlong period (1736–95) ChinaLacquer, brass Total height: (26.8 cm)
    13. 13. Lozenge-Shaped Dish with Figures in a LandscapeMing dynasty (1368–1644) late 14th–early 15th century ChinaCarved red lacquer L. (20 cm
    14. 14. Set of four saucersQing dynasty (1644–1911),Qianlong period (1736–95) ChinaCinnabar lacquer 16.8 cm)
    15. 15. Lozenge-Shaped Tray Yuan dynasty (1271–1368) 14th century China Brown lacquer L. (33 cm)Tiered Box with Figures in a LandscapeQing dynasty (1644–1911)18th century ChinaCarved red lacquer H. (7.6 cm)
    16. 16. Tea-Bowl Stand with PhoenixesMing dynasty (1368–1644), Yongle period (1403–24) ChinaCarved red lacquer H.(7.6 cm)
    17. 17. Sutra Box with DragonMing dynasty (1368–1644), Yongle period (1403–24) ChinaRed lacquer with incised decoration and gilding; damascened-brasslock and key H. (14 cm); L. (40.6 cm)
    18. 18. Octagonal Dish with Flowering Plum and BirdsYuan (1271–1368)–early Ming (1368–1644) dynasty14th century ChinaBlack lacquer with mother-of-pearl inlay Diam.(29.5 cm)
    19. 19. Octagonal Tray with Eighteen Scholars of the TangMing dynasty (1368–1644) 15th century ChinaBlack lacquer with mother-of-pearl inlay H. (4.1 cm); Diam. (28.9 cm);
    20. 20. Platter with Scenes of Children at PlayYuan dynasty (1271–1368) 14th century ChinaCarved red lacquer Diam. (55.6 cm)
    21. 21. Round Dish with Birds and HollyhockYuan (1271–1368)–early Ming (1368–1644) dynasty 14th century China Carvedred lacquer Diam. (32.4 cm)
    22. 22. Pair of Dishes with Scenes from the Romance of the Three KingdomsYuan (1271–1368)–Ming (1368–1644) dynasty late 14th century ChinaCarved red and black lacquer Diam.15.2 cm
    23. 23. Ritual Food Container with Cover (Dui)Eastern Zhou dynasty (770–256 B.C.)ca. 4th century B.C. ChinaBronze inlaid with composition of bone black and lacquer H. (13.7 cm)
    24. 24. Lacquer, made from the resin of a family of trees (Rhus verniciflua) native to East Asia, is an amazing material. When tappedfrom the tree, it is white or light gray and has a consistency similar to that of molasses. When exposed to oxygen andhumidity, lacquer polymerizes, or hardens, into a natural plastic that is resistant to water, certain acids, and heat, rendering itan ideal protective covering for objects made of wood and, occasionally, metal.Produced largely in the south, lacquer has been used in China since at least the sixth century B.C. on serving vessels, boxes,and other containers. When mixed with pigments, particularly red (cinnabar) and black (carbon), lacquer is also used forpainting. Historical records indicate that Chinese lacquer was imported into the area near present-day Samarkand as early asthe twelfth century, and it is documented in Japanese collections as early as the fourteenth. Lacquers served as diplomaticgifts and luxurious trade goods, and they have been an integral part of the Japanese tea ceremony for centuries.Organized in celebration of three spectacular gifts to the Museum, this small exhibition explores techniques and themes inChinese lacquer from the thirteenth to the sixteenth century, a high point in the development of this uniquely Asian artistictradition. Some works illustrate the carved-lacquer technique, in which multiple layers of lacquer—as many as two hundred—are incised deeply with lush geometric or figural patterns, or scenes of figures in landscapes. Other objects demonstraterelated techniques whereby shallower incisions are inlaid with gold, pigment, or minute pieces of mother-of-pearl to createequally ornate surface decoration.Lacquer ware shares the rich visual language found in ceramics, textiles, and paintings, including figural scenes based onChinese literature and history; mythical creatures such as dragons and phoenixes; birds and other animals; and flowers andplants. Most of these motifs are imbued with meanings, usually auspicious, derived from longstanding cultural traditions. Forexample, the peony alludes to spring and denotes wealth, while the chrysanthemum symbolizes autumn and longevity. Bothflowers frequently are grouped with others, generally lotus and plum, to define the four seasons. Other motifs, such as theAsian flycatcher (shoudainiao), a bird seen often in early carved lacquers, can serve as rebuses emblematic of good wishes.In this instance, shoudainiao can be a proxy for the notion of enduring generations, for the first character of its name, shou, isa homonym for longevity; the second, dai, for generations.
    25. 25. Text and pictures: Metropolitan Museum Copyright: All the images belong to their authors Arangement: Sanda Foişoreanu www.slideshare.net/michaelasandaSound: Peter Kater and Nawang Khechog - Touch of an Angel
    26. 26. Peter Kater and Nawang Khechog

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