Condition: Excellent

Japanese Kamakura-Bori Lacquer Ryoshibako | Document Box | Showa 1926-1989

This beautiful Japanese red lacquer carved document box, known as Kamakura-Bori, which was introduced during the Taisho period, (1912-1926). The decoration represents a beautiful and finely rendered bamboo motif on chiseled textured background. The base material is wood, carved and lacquered. All surfaces with the exception of the Interior and bottom of the box, has the same red lacquer finish with a Hiramakie, (low relief), of the related carving. It is in excellent condition, consistent of age shows minimal wear to bottom, interior, and corners which are free from warping, splitting/cracking. Usage and age have rendered a beautifully patinated surface. Dimensions:9-1/4w” x 13”h x 4-1/8”d.

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.

Specific terms for Japanese decorative lacquer techniques:

Hiramakie (low relief): the design is contained in one lacquer layer that stands up very slightly above the polished or textured surface.

Takamakie (high relief): the design is made with multiple lacquer layers, creating a sculptural effect.

Todigdashi makie: the design is covered with lacquer layers and the surface is polished completely smooth with or without hand painting.

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