Box with Scenes of an Emperor Receiving Gifts

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 463

Produced by placing pulped paper mixed with rice in layers over a mold, papier-mâché objects are coated with a mixture of glue and plaster and smoothed with a flat stone. Layers of fine tissue paper are applied and the surface is sanded to prepare for the painted surface decoration, followed by multiple coats of lacquer. The figural decoration of this example shows a strong relationship to paintings of the period.

Box with Scenes of an Emperor Receiving Gifts, Papier-maché; painted and lacquered

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