Reconstructing lacquer technology through Chinese classical texts

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Journal Article


Julie Chang (張倚竹); Michael R. Schilling;


Studies in Conservation, Volume 61, Number sup3, p.38-44 (2016)


Lacquer has a long and ongoing tradition of use in Asia. Known as qi 漆 in China, its use can be traced back to the Neolithic period and it remains in use today. The earliest known Chinese archaeological lacquered object dates to approximately 6000 bce. Many Chinese classical texts and historical documents over the last 8000 years mention lacquer and related information. An extensive investigation of Chinese literature from different time periods was carried out to search for useful information scattered throughout Chinese texts. This article outlines some of the highlights and research challenges.