Lacquer Across Asia

Lacquer Across Asia

Explore the art of lacquer from China and mainland Southeast Asia. A prized commodity traded and presented to dignitaries, lacquer is a precious material that signifies wealth and social standing. Different decorative techniques and styles were created in response to local needs and tastes. Chinese lacquer fashioned for literati and the imperial court, as well as Burmese and Thai examples made for Buddhist merit-making rituals, illustrate the wide variety.