Vintage Japanese Kamakura-bori Lacquered Document Box | Hawk / Eagle / Taka Motif | Signed 1930

This Kamakura-bori large document box, made in the Showa period, and features a Japanese powerful, bold engraving of a Pine tree and Hawk, (the Hawk or Taka is revered as a clever and strong bird), and considered an auspicious, lucky symbol of status when it appears in ones the first dream, (Hatsuyume), in the New Year. The dark red color with overlaid lacquer is outstanding. It sometimes takes more than a month for even a skilled craftsman to achieve such fine results. Local craftsmen with the finest craftsmanship have pursued this arduous process for 800 years.

After the forming and drying process, the artist uses dozens of chisels and engraving knives to carve patterns, which it then takes more than 10 steps to lacquer with natural resins. The designs and styles of the Kamakura-bori have changed over the years but old traditions are still kept alive and practiced. Condition: Quality is defined by the amount and level of detailed carving, the number of layers of lacquer, and condition. Dimensions: 14-1/4” L x 10-0” w x  4-1/4” h.

Additional Information —

From the Showa Period (1926-1989) and until now, people have shown appreciation for things traditional, practical and beautiful. Japanese lacquerware stands out as a functional and esthetically pleasing alternative to the generic mass produced, plastic products of today. In 1979, Kamakura-bori was designated a Traditional Handicraft by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry. For Historical information on Japanese Lacquer please see our Discovery Section:

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