Past Display Ran from 14 October 2017 to 16 September 2018

Lustrous Surfaces

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

This display is now closed at V&A South Kensington

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.

Display Highlights

Stacked clothes chest, 1890 – 1910, Korea. Museum no. W.47A, B-1912. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Book cover, 1500 – 1599, Iran. Museum no. 353-1885. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Shrine, 1850 – 1870, Burma. Museum no. IS.11:1 to 24, 28 to 31-1969. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Bureau cabinet, about 1735, Europe. Museum no. W.8:1 to 9-1972. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Lacquer bowl stand, 1403 – 24, China. Museum no. FE.23-1974. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Cabinet, 1625 – 1675. Museum no. W.5-2015. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Woman’s palanquin (norimono), 1700 – 1800, Japan. Museum no. 48-1874. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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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.