- Display ran from 14 October 2017 to 16 September 2018
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Featuring 110 objects located throughout the Museum, including shrines, chests and rare Latin American examples, this display highlighted the varied manufacturing techniques, surface treatments, decorative styles and application around the world.
Making a Korean lacquer vessel
This mesmerising film shows intricate techniques used by artist Chung Hae-Cho to make a lacquer vessel
The influence of East Asian lacquer on European furniture
Find out how the desire for Asian lacquer influenced Western furniture for centuries
Making a Korean inlaid lacquer box
Discover the history, tradition, materials and techniques of fine Korean inlaid lacquer, with lacquer master Lee Hyung-Man
Box of mysteries
Discover more about a mysterious Colombian cabinet dating from the 17th century
Conservation of a Japanese palanquin
Follow V&A Conservators as they treat an elaborately decorated Japanese palanquin in our collection
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With thanks to the generous support of the Jorge Welsh Works of Art, London – Lisbon; Overseas Korean Cultural Heritage Foundation; and Toshiba International Foundation.