Condition: Excellent

Vintage Japanese Kamakura-bori Lacquered Display Tray | Cherry Blossoms and Leaves / Sakura Motif | Engraved Signature & Dated 1973

This Kamakura-bori tray was created during the the Showa period, and features a Japanese powerful, bold engraving of blooming cherry blossoms with their accompanying leaves. This particular piece was typically given as a wedding gift and used for display during the cherry blossom season. Cherry blossom tree in Japanese culture goes back hundreds of years, and considered an auspicious, lucky symbol, representing fragility and the beauty of life. It is a reminder that life is almost overwhelmingly beautiful but that it is also tragically short. 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, which as related to this piece is Excellent with no chips, dings or fading. Dimensions: 10-1/2” square.

Additional Information —

From the Showa Period (1926-1989) and until now, people have shown appreciation for things traditional, practical and beautiful. The Japanese have a tradition called Hanami, (flower viewing), which is an old and ongoing tradition. Comfortably arranged on a ground cover observers enjoy sake and sit for hours in advance at the best sakura viewing spots to watch blossoms fall upon their faces. 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: https://mingeiarts.com/discover/lacquerware-shikki/.

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