lacquer (Scope note)

For the Asian collections, objects described as 'lacquer' imply the technique of lacquer application on a substrate, and should have Technique 'lacquered'. Enter the Material 'lacquer (ie. tree resin)' or 'lac' (ie. insect secretion), depending on circumstance. Many objects from South Asia with 'lacquer' in Material may in fact be lacquered using lac. See also LACQUERED in the Techniques field. As a general rule, lacquered objects from the Middle East and South Asia are made using 'lac', while those from South East Asia and the far East are made using 'lacquer'.