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Chinese lacquer

From: Paul Harrison <paulehar>
Date: Wednesday, May 23, 2001
Yesterday, I X-rayed a Sung Dynasty (960-1279 AD) red and black
lacquered bowl. The result was very interesting, it appears that the
inside is made of two types of wood: most of the bowl is a not so
dense wood; the rim, just a centimetre or so, however is made of a
much denser wood and the image is twice as opaque despite being half
a millimetre thinner. Nothing at all of this is noticeable from the
outside. I cannot do destructive testing; the artefact does not
belong to the museum. Has anyone else noticed this or can shed more
light on it?

Paul Harrison
Metal Conservator, Hong Kong Govt

                  Conservation DistList Instance 14:64
                  Distributed: Thursday, May 24, 2001
                       Message Id: cdl-14-64-009
Received on Wednesday, 23 May, 2001

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