Ch?ing dynasty / Presentation Box and Cover in Tsung Form / 1736 - 1795Ch?ing dynasty
Presentation Box and Cover in Tsung Form
1736 - 1795

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Creator Name: Unknown
Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Chinese
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Name-CRT: Ch?ing dynasty
Title: Presentation Box and Cover in Tsung Form
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1736
Creation End Date: 1795
Creation Date: 1736 - 1795
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Box
Materials and Techniques: carved tri-color lacquer
Dimensions: H.6-1/4 x W.9-5/8 x L.9-5/8 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 79.3.2a,b
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Augustus L. Searle

Lacquer, which is produced from the sap of the sumac, requires several layers to be built up before it can be carved. By alternating the colors in this lengthy layering process and then carving down to a specific depth, thereby exposing the desired color, artisans were able to create multi-colored scenes in this exacting medium. On the top of this box is the auspicious character for Spring, above a bowl with symbols of wealth and auspicious emblems. This complex motif is found on many other examples of Ch'ien-lung period lacquer.

AMICA ID: MIA_.79.3.2a,b
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: ? The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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