Woodwork & Lacquer

Wood was used to make any number of sacred, functional and decorative objects, and these could be carved, painted, inlaid and varnished. Wood and other materials can be covered with lacquer, a coating prepared from the resin of certain trees. The Chester Beatty collection includes numerous wood and lacquer objects including pen cases and scribal palettes, wax tablets and bindings, netsuke and inrō, icons and furniture.

Scribal palettes
1541-1069 BC
Egypt
CBL WX 71 and WX 72

Highlights

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  • Incense box (kobako) in the shape of a bundle of silk-mounted scrolls
    19th century
    Japan
    CBL J 0791

    1 / 9

  • Netsuke in the shape of Daruma meditating
    18th to 19th century
    Japan
    CBL J 0183

    2 / 9

  • Pair of wooden doors with inlaid ivory panels
    14th century ivory re-installed in early 20th century woodwork
    Cairo (Egypt)
    CBL Is X17

    3 / 9

  • Portable shrine (zushi) to Kannon
    18th to 19th century
    Japan
    CBL J 0751

    4 / 9

  • Scribal palettes
    1541-1069 BC
    Egypt
    CBL WX 71 and WX 72

    5 / 9

  • Set of peach-shaped lacquer boxes
    18th century
    China
    CBL C 1084

    6 / 9

  • Snuff bottle carved with lotus and waterbirds
    1770-1850
    China
    CBL C 0502

    7 / 9

  • St John the Forerunner
    Icon
    late 18th century
    Russia
    CBL WX 40

    8 / 9

  • Wax writing tablets
    300-310 AD
    Egypt
    CBL W 142.5 and W 142.6

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Chester Beatty
Dublin Castle
Dublin 2
D02 AD92