This Kamakura-bori tray embodies the warmth of Japanese trees, and expresses a fine depth of color and density in the carving. Elegant form with beautiful, highly- detailed carving covering the outer portions of the entire surface, with an emphasis on beautiful blooming Iris. Wonderfully fashioned handles complimenting its’ overall form. Condition: Excellent, mat finish, good color retention and detailing. Dimensions: 22-1/2”L x 8-0”w
Additional Information —
Kamakura-bori is a traditional carved lacquerware craft from Kamakura in Kanagawa Prefecture. During the Kamakura period, various artistic objects were imported from the Chinese mainland. Among these, carved red and black lacquerware, (Chinese ‘diaoqi’, or ‘tsuishu’, and ‘tsuikoku’ in Japanese), had some of the greatest influence on Japanese craftsmen. Many of these craftsmen began to make their own designs, using these objects as models.
In the late Muromachi period, the tea ceremony became popular and Kamakura-bori carved objects were used as tea implements. In the Meiji period, carved wooden objects for everyday use were designed and used for broader purposes.
Excellent Condition- In unused, or like-unused condition. No visual or structural or surface wear or damage shown. Pristine. As good as the day it was made.
Great Condition- Appears in slightly used condition but looks "Like New". Some minor wear, but retains the original craft/workmanship. May show minor wear, that does not affect the main design, or associated motif. No cracks, dents, chips or missing elements.
Good Condition- Minor wear which can be restored or repaired; may have surface flaws, like staining or soiling, confined to a small area. The flaw(s) are counterbalanced by another feature, like brilliant color or innovative design. Some fading or the piece may have been altered in some fashion.
Fair Condition- Main aesthetic/design showing damage. Excessive noticeable wear or damage. Worth buying if can be restored/repaired because of its aesthetic or design appeal or rarity. Note: wear/damage consistent with age/use can often enhance the 'Antique' qualities of a piece, giving it a desirable second chance in one's collection