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Seal ink box
MNK VI-5505 ab
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The oldest items decorated with red carved tihong lacquer date back to the Song (960-1279) and Yuan (1279-1368) Dynasties. The process of applying and carving in hundreds of layers took about a year. The red colour was obtained by adding the cinnabar pigment. The popularity of this hue in the China wass associated, among other things, with the symbolism of happiness and prosperity.

History of the Object
This seal ink box from the literati's table were made of lacquer - an extremely expensive and time-consuming technique wich was known in China as early as in the Neolithic Age.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Wood, black lacquer, red carved tihong lacquer 
Measurements
diameter 4,8 cm 
Creator name
 
Creator date
 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 18th century ~ AD 18th century 
Creation date
Qing Dynasty, 18th century 
Function
 
Acquisition
 
Copyright
The National Museum in Krakow 
Acknowledgements
Beata Pacana, Curator, Far Eastern Art Department The National Museum in Krakow 
Owner
The National Museum in Krakow 
Museum
The National Museum in Krakow 
Credit line
 

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