Korean Lacquer Art: Aesthetic Perfection is a long overdue and welcome addition to the study of Korean and East Asian art, as well as to the field of art and craft. With lavish photographs, thought-provoking essays, and thorough documentation, Korean Lacquer Art introduces the reader to lacquerware aesthetics, the latest research on decorative techniques, and a continuous lacquerware history from the third century BCE through the Chosŏn dynasty. It focuses especially on lacquer with highly intricate mother-of-pearl inlay, one of the most exquisite artistic achievements of Korea and what makes Korean lacquerware famous throughout the world.

Korean Lacquer Art: Aesthetic Perfection is the exhibition catalogue for the special exhibition of Korean lacquer art at the Museum of Lacquer Art in Münster, Germany, from October 28, 2012, to January 27, 2013. The exhibition was devoted entirely to lacquerwork decorated with inlaid mother-of-pearl from the Koryŏ (918–1392) and the Chosŏn (1392–1910) dynasties....

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