Henan Museum
Chrysanthemum Petal-formed Lacquer Box with “Tianqi” and “Miaojin” Dragons
Edit: acf
Time: 2024-07-04 10:21:37
Period: Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
Provenance: Gift
Measurements: Foot dia.36.50 cm, Mouth dia. 44.3 cm H.18.6 cm

Overall, the lacquer box, which is chrysanthemum petal-formed, is comprised of the upper and lower parts. The upper part is the cover, and the lower part is the body. The body and cover are joined by the tenon juncture. The interior was fully coated by black lacquer, the exterior was painted with the red as the ground. The lacquer box was decorated in “tianqi” and “qiangjin” technique, the carvings were fully covered the whole box, and perfectly matched. The cover has 16 lobes, each is decorated with dragons amidst clouds playing pearls. The borders of both the cover and box were decorated with clouds and bats, the box also has 16 lobes, all were embellished with swirling waves and cloud scrolls.

China has a long history of using the natural lacquer, dating back to 7,000 years ago. The development of the lacquerware run though several dynasties before reached its historic peak in Ming and Qing period, when the lacquerwares of the royal families were inlaid with gold and silver, intricately carved, as lavishly cost as possible, demonstrating the uttermost status of the royal house.