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13 September 2012

Japanese lacquerware collection unveiled

A museum in Cornwall has recently opened one of its most unique exhibitions of the year after a very kind donation from some local Cornish residents.

The Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro has opened a new display of Japanese Shibayama lacquerware that is most likely the largest currently in the UK.

The art form is characterised by its lacquered ivory or wooden base which is then inlaid with carved pearl shell, coral, jade, tortoiseshell and painted ivory or horn. These materials are incredibly detailed and make beautiful decorative pieces.

The lacquerware collection that is available now for those staying in cottages in Cornwall to see includes vases, plaques, dishes, table screens and inros, which are small medicine boxes.

The exhibition will continue until 31st December, plenty of time to see one of the finest collections of Japanese lacquerware ever to be seen in the UK.

Image credit: Valerie McGlinchey (commons.wikimedia.org)

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