Lacquer technique has a long history in Japan. Lacquerware has been found on sites dating back to the Jōmon period (10,500 BC – 400 BC).

After precious metals, lacquer was a luxury material highly prized by the aristocracy, especially when sprinkled with gold powder (makie) or gold flakes (nashiji). Bridal trousseaux made in lacquer workshops in the early Edo period (1603-1868) are among the finest examples of lacquer work in Japan.

VISITORS INFORMATION - From January 30, 2023 and for a period of six months, part of the permanent collections will be closed due to renovation works of the building. Spaces 1 to 5 will remain open to the public, spaces 6 to 14 (from the Buddha Hall to the Painting Room) will be closed. During this time, temporary exhibitions will continue to be presented on ground floor, such as the exhibitions "Kim Tschang-Yeul, Drops and Strokes" and "Painting and Ceramics in dialogue" from April 14 to July 30, 2023. Thank you for your understanding.