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Fang with Cloud Design
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This piece of lacquer-fang is representative of the Mawangdui technique of lacquer-ware with painted designs. The reason why the lacquer pieces unearthed from Mawangdui have remained brand new after more than 2,000 years is because the application of painted lacquer technique, i.e. making the raw lacquer into translucent lacquer liquid and then adding various paints for patterns, after which the organic pigment can keep the lacquer-ware sustaining its quality through the ages.

History of the Object
Unearthed from Han Tomb No.1 at Mawangdui, Changsha City, Hunan Province, China.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Lacquer 
Measurements
Height 52 cm. Length 23 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Hunan Province, China 
Geography
China 
Time period
BCE 3rd century ~ BCE 2nd century 
Creation date
BCE; 3rd Century BCE - 2nd Century BCE ; 202 BCE-168 BCE 
Function
Wine container. When excavated, the fang contained wine dregs. 
Acquisition
Unearthed from Han Tomb No.1 at Mawangdui in 1972 and collected by the Hunan Provincial Museum after that. 
Copyright
Hunan Provincial Museum Copyright 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Hunan Provincial Museum 
Museum
Hunan Provincial Museum 
Credit line
http://www.hnmuseum.com/hnmuseum/eng 
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