Vintage Japanese Kamakura-bori Lacquered Tray | Peony Motif | 1948

This Kamakura-bori tray was created during the the Showa period, and features a Japanese powerful, bold engraving of blooming Peony flowers on Branches. Being a spiritual, nature-loving nation influenced by Buddhist ideology, it is fitting that flower symbolism should form such a big part of the Japanese way of life. Also known as the ‘King of Flowers’, the peony is a symbol of good fortune, bravery and honor. The Peony is regarded as a symbol of wealth, and grown around palaces, temples, sacred places and homes.

The dark red color with overlaid lacquer is outstanding. This carving is referred to as Takamakie (high relief): the design is made with multiple lacquer layers, creating a sculptural effect. 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: 13-0” dia.

Additional Information —

From the Showa Period (1926-1989) and until now, people have shown appreciation for things traditional, practical and beautiful. The exquisite peony flower has long been a favorite of Asian artists and appears not only in painting but poetry and literature as well. It is a frequent motif in Japanese art, featured on screen paintings, clothing, tapestries, woodblocks and porcelain. Japanese lacquerware stands out as a functional and esthetically pleasing historical record of Japanese seasonal customs. 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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