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China Daily | Updated: 2024-07-01 08:02
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Lacquer world

The use of natural lacquer to color wares in China dates back to the Xia Dynasty (c. 21st century-16th century BC). The artistry of lacquerware reached a climax during the Tang (618-907) and Song (960-1279) dynasties, when various delicate techniques were developed to yield vibrant finishes.

Shanxi province is home to several techniques of lacquer art. An exhibition at the Chinese Traditional Cultural Museum highlights three such techniques, all listed as representatives of State-level intangible cultural heritage.

One technique originated in Pingyao county, Jinzhong city, Shanxi, where artisans would create luster by rubbing the surface with their palms. The second type presented delicate encircling and cloud patterns, unique to the wares from Xinjiang county, Yuncheng city, Shanxi. The third technique embedded thin seashells to form patterns, originated in Jishan county, Yuncheng.

Also on show are modern lacquer art and furniture as integrated aspects of interior design. The exhibition runs until Aug 11.

9 am-5 pm, closed on Mondays. 16 Hujing Donglu, Chaoyang district, Beijing. 010-8799-1766.

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