Merchants traded many commodities along Silk Road land routes--horses, jade, gems, glass, lacquer ware
, spices, incense, tea, ivory, cotton, woolens, linens, musical instruments, Chinese paper, and, of course, silk.
Activities will include hands-on experience of making lacquer ware
and pottery, sightseeing and interaction with local residents.
Eventually, the Japanese government established an official agency whose purpose was to supervise the production of lacquer ware
. Under supervision of the central government, urushi sap was collected and lacquer ware
was systematically created for members of the judicial court as well as for aristocrats.
Oka's black and red lacquer ware
, inlaid with exquisite bone feathers are irresistible and wellpriced.
Fragments of earthenware and lacquer ware
bearing pattern of flower petals were also found near the site where the hoes were unearthed.
The impressive interiors showcase ceremonial objects including a jeweled crown, the elaborate king's throne adorned with protective dragon-heads and inlaid with mother-of-pearl, as well as intricate lacquer ware
trays and boxes.
At the British Museum, we are working on a new project on Qianlong's inscriptions on jades, lacquer ware
Chinese commodities such as porcelain, lacquer ware
, silk and tea were viewed as exotic and for those who could afford them, a status symbol.
bowled over You'll see quality lacquer ware
in juicy colors (always trimmed in glossy black) at the season's most stylish dinner parties.
That means the finest porcelain, ceramics, mirror paintings, painted scrolls and wallpaper (yes, wallpaper), carved ivories, lacquer ware
and cloisonne - a wondrous roll call of fabulous opportunities for today's collectors.