The term qiangjin refers to a technique of 'etched gold', where the incised outlines are etched in gold denoting the outlines of the design. The qiangjin technique is often combined with the technique tianqi, 'filled-in', where different lacquer colours have been applied to enhance details and contrast against the coloured ground, as seen on the present lot.
See a similarly decorated 16th century small eight lobed box with flowering plants, in the Victoria and Albert Museum, illustrated in Sir Harry Garner, Chinese Lacquer, London, 1979, no. 139.
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