This Kamakura-bori large document box, made in the Showa period, and features a Japanese powerful, bold engraving of a Pine tree and Hawk, (the Hawk or Taka is revered as a clever and strong bird), and considered an auspicious, lucky symbol of status when it appears in ones the first dream, (Hatsuyume), in the New Year. The dark red color with overlaid lacquer is outstanding. It sometimes takes more than a month for even a skilled craftsman to achieve such fine results. Local craftsmen with the finest craftsmanship have pursued this arduous process for 800 years.
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: 14-1/4” L x 10-0” w x 4-1/4” h.
Additional Information —
From the Showa Period (1926-1989) and until now, people have shown appreciation for things traditional, practical and beautiful. Japanese lacquerware stands out as a functional and esthetically pleasing alternative to the generic mass produced, plastic products of today. 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/.
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