This sap which was then purified was applied as tens of layers to hundreds of layers over a wooden or linen base or a mold which is then removed leaving a hard shell. Lacquerware is exceedingly time consuming and expensive to make. At this time in the ancient world, a single piece of lacquer ware was worth around ten pieces of bronze. This being said only the most affluent and highest status members of the society could possibly obtain such a status symbol.
Lacquer cups such as this example were known to be given by the Emperor in lieu of salary in ancient China as an honor. Inside the cup are the words "please enjoy drinking". Museums with ancient Chinese lacquer erbei in their collections include the following: The Hunan Museum The British Museum The Metropolitan Museum of Art Minneapolis Institute of Art Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution This astonishingly rare ancient cup measures 5 5/16" long by 3 15/16" wide from ear to ear and is 1 3/16 tall approximately (135mm x 100mm x 30mm).
It presents beautifully and is well preserved for it's age and authenticity being around 2300 years old. There is some very slight deterioration and fading to the lacquer commensurate with the age of this ancient cup. This cup is well preserved.This wonderful piece could grace any museum collection internationally and would make an exquisite acquisition to any collection of the fine Asian Art or Antiquities. The photos form part of the description. The item "Han Dynasty Ancient Lacquer Ware Red Black Chinese Cup Bowl Erbei Winged Cup" is in sale since Monday, October 1, 2018. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\Cups, Mugs". The seller is "jewelry_secrets" and is located in Sydney. This item can be shipped worldwide.