Decorated Boxes


Elaborately decorated Japanese writing boxes used for storing writing tools. Originating in China, they were imported to Japan in the 10th century.



Lacquer production from the village of Olinalá, Mexico. Traditionally, linaloe wood is used and its fragrance is preserved even after it is cut and dried. Current techniques are incised and
painted decorations. The traditional base colours are deep orange and black. The craft's origin is uncertain, but an Asian influence during Mexico's colonial period via trade has been
suggested. Archaeological evidence suggests a Mexican origin dating from the 16th century.



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