Lacquer with Gold Relief 戗金漆器

Lacquer with gold Relief (pronounce Qiang Jin in Chinese, 戗金,沈金、枪金) is a Chinese traditional craft and decoration technique that depicts a golden lines, small points on the lacquerware. The first recorded Gold Relief craft is in the writings of Tao Zongyi’s “Cease Cultivation Record”. The oldest lacquer with gold relief found currently are three pieces of wood base lacquerware with gold relief unearthed in a Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279) tomb in Nanjing, Jiangsu province in 1978. Gold Relief technique was very popular in the Ming Dynasty, had spread to the Muromachi period of Japan during the Chinese Yuan Dynasty. The Japanese call it ” Maki-e ” and the technique is quite popular in Japan now.