Display On now until Sunday, 16 September 2018

Lustrous Surfaces

This cross-cultural display showcases the rich and diverse traditions of Asian lacquer, placing them in a global context

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Featuring 110 objects located throughout the Museum, including shrines, chests and rare Latin American examples, this display highlights the varied manufacturing techniques, surface treatments, decorative styles and application around the world.

Display Highlights

Stacked clothes chest, 1890 – 1910, Korea. Museum no. W.47A, B-1912. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Korea, room 47g, level 1

Book cover, 1500 – 1599, Iran. Museum no. 353-1885. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Islamic Middle East, room 42, level 1, The Jameel Gallery

Shrine, 1850 – 1870, Burma. Museum no. IS.11:1 to 24, 28 to 31-1969. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Buddhism, room 47f, level 1, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Galleries of Buddhist Art

Bureau cabinet, about 1735, Europe. Museum no. W.8:1 to 9-1972. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Furniture, room 135, level 6, The Dr. Susan Weber Gallery

Lacquer bowl stand, 1403 – 24, China. Museum no. FE.23-1974. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

China, room 44, level 1, The T.T. Tsui Gallery

Cabinet, 1625 – 1675, Colombia. Museum no. W.5-2015. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Furniture, room 133, level 6, Dr. Susan Weber Gallery

Woman’s palanquin (norimono), 1700 – 1800, Japan. Museum no. 48-1874. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Features

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Wall hanging with birds on a branch of flowers

Wall hanging with birds on a branch of flowers

£80 Buy
Wallpaper with peonies and cherry blossom flowers

Wallpaper with peonies and cherry blossom flowers

£80 Buy
Mughal tile with arabesque form and flowers

Mughal tile with arabesque form and flowers

£80 Buy
Lustrous Surfaces

With thanks to the generous support of the Jorge Welsh Works of Art, London – Lisbon; Overseas Korean Cultural Heritage Foundation; and Toshiba International Foundation.