Display Opening on Saturday, 14 October 2017

Lustrous Surfaces

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

FreePlan a visit
  • Opening on Saturday, 14 October 2017

  • Throughout the Museum

  • Free

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

Display Highlights

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

Korea, room 47g, level 1

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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Palanquin (detail), Japan. Museum no. 48-1874. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Japan, room 45, level 1, The Toshiba Gallery

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

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

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Lustrous Surfaces

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