Japanese Hida Shunkei Lacquer Incense Box (Kogo)

Shunkei is a lacquer applied to the surface of skillfully bent wood, or objects assembled using thin pieces of wood. But what makes Shunkei lacquer ware (developed in the 17th/c) so special is the way that the beauty of the surface of the wood is brought out by the application of approximately seventeen coats of a transparent lacquer noted for its honey-coloured finish. Though it can also appear in burgundy, it is produced by a special method from raw natural lacquer, and used to coat wood surfaces of household articles such as incense boxes, trays, tea ceremony items, toggles, and small tables. Mid-20th/c. Dimensions: 1-0”h x 3-1/2”w x 1-3/4”d

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