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Ornament with stand and box - Celestial Vault

Celestial Vault

  • Object:

    Ornament with stand and box

  • Place of origin:

    Taiwan (made)

  • Date:

    2000 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Chen, Pei-ze (designer and maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Lacquer on fabric inlaid with mother-of-pearl, silver foil and egg shell

  • Credit Line:

    Supported by the Friends of the V&A

  • Museum number:

    FE.121:1 to 3-2002

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This sculpture represents the traditional Chinese concept that Earth is square and Heaven is round. The technique is known as 'bodiless' lacquer, because the whole object is very light despite its size. The stars are formed by small pieces of mother-of-pearl, silver foil and egg shell, the crescent moon with rock crystal.

Physical description

Lacquer ornament depicting the traditional Chinese concept that Earth is square and Heaven is round. Black lacquered surface with blue clouds, stars and other constellation made from small pieces of mother-of-pearl, silver foil and egg shell. A rock crystal crescent moon rests on a platform. With lacquer stand and storage box.

Place of Origin

Taiwan (made)

Date

2000 (made)

Artist/maker

Chen, Pei-ze (designer and maker)

Materials and Techniques

Lacquer on fabric inlaid with mother-of-pearl, silver foil and egg shell

Descriptive line

Lacquer ornament 'Celestial Vault' by Chen Pei-ze, with stand and storage box, Taiwan, 2000

Categories

Lacquerware; Textiles

Collection

East Asia Collection

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