Crow Museum of Asian Art presents "The Art of Lacquer" opening day

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The Art of Lacquer
Picnic box (Sagejubako), Japan, Edo period (1603-1868), 18th century, Lacquer on wood base, gold and silver decoration, with metal fitting, 125.5 x 7.5 x 13 in., Crow Museum of Asian Art, 1985.12 Photo courtesy of Crow Museum of Asian Art

“The Art of Lacquer” introduces lacquerware objects from the museum’s collections to showcase one of the most enduring and distinctive forms of craftsmanship in the world. Lacquerware objects are light, water-resistant and durable, and they can last for thousands of years. Some pieces are coated with more than 100 layers of lacquer and then carved into a detailed relief. Others demonstrate meticulous applications of mother-of-pearl to produce scenes with the scope of landscape paintings. Still others are painstakingly decorated with gold and silver powders. The rich history of this artistic tradition is revealed through a selection of compelling and distinctive pieces that feature historical figures, floral motifs and a variety of auspicious symbols.

The exhibit will be on display through January 6, 2019.

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Crow Museum of Asian Art
2010 Flora St.
Dallas, TX 75201


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Admission is free.