Detail View: The AMICA Library: Presentation Box and Cover in Tsung Form

AMICA ID: 
MIA_.79.3.2a,b
AMICA Library Year: 
2002
Object Type: 
Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
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 Date: 
1736 - 1795
Creation Start Date: 
1736
Creation End Date: 
1795
Materials and Techniques: 
carved tri-color lacquer
Classification Term: 
Box
Dimensions: 
H.6-1/4 x W.9-5/8 x L.9-5/8 in.
Component Measured: 
overall
Measurement Unit: 
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
Rights: 
Context: 

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.

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