Covered Box On Stand (China), 1736–1795
Beginning in the 12th century, carved red lacquerware became a popular medium in Chinese decorative arts. Lacquer containing the powder form of the mineral cinnabar (mercury sulfide), applied in dozens, or even hundreds, of layers created a deep vermillion color. The maker would carve the lacquer rather than the wood substrate.
This object was
Mary Hearn Greims.
It is credited
Bequest of Mary Hearn Greims.
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Its dimensions are
H x diam.: 24 x 34 cm (9 7/16 x 13 3/8 in.)
Cite this object as
Covered Box On Stand (China), 1736–1795; carved lacquer, wood, silk; H x diam.: 24 x 34 cm (9 7/16 x 13 3/8 in.); Bequest of Mary Hearn Greims; 1927-5-27-a/d
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color.