Japanese Kamakura-Bori Lacquer Document Box

This beautiful Japanese red lacquer carved document box, known as Kamakura-Bori created during the Taisho period (1912-1926). Fantastic, finely rendered bamboo motif on chiseled textured background. The base material is wood, carved and lacquered. All sides with the exception of the bottom and interior has the same red lacquer finish. It is in very good condition with minimal wear to bottom, interior, and corners. Usage and age have rendered a beautifully patinated surface. The box has writing on the interior of the lid, translates Commemorative Gift by Jumiko Miyamoto. Dimensions:9-1/4w” x 13”h x 4-1/8”d (23.5cm x 33cm x 10.2cm)

Additional Information —
Kamakura lacquer ware has some very special qualities that cannot be found in any other lacquer ware. The method which emphasizes the three dimensional effect of the bold patterns of the carving are also strongly expressed by this unique carving technique. In the early days, huge containers used for burning incense at Zen Buddhist temples were mainly produced, but the range of products gradually increased to include tea utensils for the popularity of the tea ceremony at the end of the Muromachi period (1333-1568). It was not until the beginning of the Meiji period (1868-1912), however, that everyday articles such as letter and writing boxes finished in Kamakura lacquer started to appear.

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