Lacquer Art from Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties
As the birthplace of Chinese lacquer art, Zhejiang boasts a long history of making lacquerware that dates back to the Neolithic Age, as proved by the lacquer bowls unearthed from the Kuahuqiao Site in Xiaoshan, Hangzhou and the lacquer bowls from the Hemudu site in Yuyao, Ningbo. The lacquer craftsmanship of Zhejiang reached its zenith in the Northern and Southern Song period of China, with Hangzhou and Wenzhou serving as the country’s two production hubs. In the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), Hangzhou and Jiaxing rose to be famous lacquer production centers. The exhibits, chronically arranged, show the unparalleled artistry of the lacquer masters of the Song and Yuan years of China.