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Visions from the golden land : Burma and the art of lacquer

Author: Ralph Isaacs; T Richard Blurton; British Museum.
Publisher: Chicago : Art Media Resources, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The visual impact of Burmese lacquerware is striking - the objects are dazzingly coloured, often in scarlet, gold and black, and are frequently inlaid with coloured stone or glass. A natural plastic, refined from the sap of a Southeast Asian tree, lacquer is worked into vessels of every sort and is also used in architecture, furniture, sculpture and religious ritual. It is one of the most important artistic  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Exhibition catalogs
Exhibitions
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ralph Isaacs; T Richard Blurton; British Museum.
ISBN: 1878529684 9781878529688 1878529692 9781878529695
OCLC Number: 43598949
Notes: Published to accompany an exhibition held at the British Museum in Spring 2000.
Description: 240 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 29 cm
Contents: The history of lacquer --
Techniques of production --
Inscriptions on lacquerware --
The betel habit and betel-box --
Catalogue --
Appendix: lacquerware makers and workshops.
Responsibility: Ralph Isaacs and T. Richard Blurton.

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"The visual impact of Burmese lacquerware is striking - the objects are dazzingly coloured, often in scarlet, gold and black, and are frequently inlaid with coloured stone or glass. A natural plastic, refined from the sap of a Southeast Asian tree, lacquer is worked into vessels of every sort and is also used in architecture, furniture, sculpture and religious ritual. It is one of the most important artistic tradition of Burma and is very much a living craft. This catalogue features pieces from both the British Museum and the Isaacs Collection, a private collection. The book also includes five essays which examine the historical, regional, inscriptional and ethnographic aspects of Burmese lacquer."--Amazon.

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