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have a strong hold in Vietnam's culture as can be found in other Asian countries like Japan, Korea
and China. Popular themes for painting were landscapes, plant life, birds
as well as calligraphy - as was the current trend in China. The earliest
paintings found are from the late 18th century. Although paper was used,
silk and lacquer were preferred.
painting is still being done today, following a revival in the 15th
century. Lacquer is put over wood at least 12 times, thus smoothing over
rough surfaces. This is a lengthy process due to the fact that the lacquer
must dry for several days, then be smoothed and polished before another layer is
In older times, those pieces of enamel painting with the highest
quality had over 200 layers of lacquer on them! With lacquer painting, a
color is painted on each layer with traditional paintings having red and black,
although there are other colors that are used on occasion. A special
effect that is used is the placing of gold or silver dust under the veneer as
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