Hard Bodies: Contemporary Japanese Lacquer Sculpture


Since the Neolithic era, artisans in East Asia have coated bowls, cups, boxes, baskets, and other utilitarian objects with a natural polymer distilled from the sap of the Rhus verniciflua, known as the lacquer tree. Lacquerware was, and still is, prized for its sheen--a lustrous beauty that artists learned to accentuate over the centuries with inlaid gold, silver, mother-of-pearl, and other precious materials. This tradition has undergone challenges over the past thirty years. A small but enterprising circle of lacquer ...

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Hard Bodies: Contemporary Japanese Lacquer Sculpture
2017, Minneapolis Institute of Arts

ISBN-13: 9781517904173


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