Condition: Excellent

Japanese Antique Kamakura-bori | Varigated Red Lacquered Tray with Iris Motif | 1850-1880

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.

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