Visions from the Golden Land: Burma and the Art of Lacquer
The visual impact of Burmese lacquerware is striking - the objects are dazzingly coloured, often in scarlet, gold and black, and are frequently inlaid with colourd 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.
by : Ralph Isaacs