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Laquer on the web

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Hello to all on the list,

I recently found this page on the Tareq Rajab museum site in Kuwait which
has some interesting material concerning Islamic laquer.  Some important
observations are made, beginning with addressing the notion that Islamic
lacquer is somehow a derivative of Far Eastern techniques such as Urushi,
made from poisonous oak.  It is actually the use of oil resin and spirit
resin varnishes, mainly gum lac, but also sandarac, and even amber, applied
after the painting was executed.



Jake Benson


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