Makie-Box - Pine & Bird

A Secret Beauty: The Spirit of Japanese Maki-e at Brunei Gallery, SOAS

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Brunei Gallery,SOAS
University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square
WC1H 0XG
London
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Open: 10:30am - 5 pm, every Tue -Sat. Until 8pm on Thur, Closed: Sundays, Mondays and Bank Holidays
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10 Jul 2019 - 21 Sep 2019
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An exhibition of the Lacquer Work of Koyanagi Tanekuni

Lacquer has been used in Japan for almost 10,000 years to protect and decorate objects, such as wood, bamboo, earthenware, and textiles.  Its resistance to moisture and degradation make it a useful coating for utensils, storage containers, furniture, sculpture and wooden architecture.  As a decorative medium, lacquer has had a high status in Japan.  The lacquerware decorated in gold and silver particles known as makie, which was first introduced in the 8th century, is a culmination of Japanese aesthetic sensibility and purity.  The value and prestige of lacquerware is shown by the status of its patrons, which included emperors, nobilities, shoguns and daimyos.

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