Chinese carved box

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Chinese carved box


The elaborate decoration of lacquerware requires intensive labour to produce. Carved lacquer is the purest form of lacquer art and a uniquely Chinese achievement in lacquer art. The decoration to the lacquerware is carved on built-up layers of thinly applied coats of lacquer into a three-dimensional design. This method of lacquer production reached its greatest flourishing from the thirteenth to the fifteenth century in China. This carved lacquer box depicts a young scholar with his boy attendant paying a visit to a senior scholar. It may relate to the Confucius tale about Confucius visiting Laozi for philosophical discussion on the meaning of life. The tale symbolises the eager to seek new knowledge.