Antique Japanese Kamakura-bori Lacquer Box | Chrysanthemum Takamakie Relief Carving

Sale price$185.00

Dimensions: 3-0”h x 5-1/2”w 4-1/8”d

This exceptional wood and lacquer box was used as a container for multiple purposes. Originally used as an incense container in temples, and later, produced for the ruling classes and seen throughout the tea ceremony culture. Also, these small boxes were additionally used by the Oiran (courtesans) to protect treasured hair ornaments and kimono accessories. This piece is hand-made by carving floral patterns in wood, then lacquering it with layers of deep Bengala Red (Reddish Brown), Urushi Lacquer, and then polished adding rich tones and a soft patina to the carved surface (lid). This exceptional piece features a large chrysanthemum, (kiku), and petals in raised relief, (Takamakie), for which the entire surface is superb through the use of multiple layers of lacquer creating a deeply textured surface in which the design creates a sculptured and desired effect.  The box's interior is black lacquer as well as the bottom of the piece.

Historical note: Initially, sculptors and woodworkers of Buddhist ritual implements were influenced by Chinese artworks started to carve vessels made of Japanese Judas tree or ginkgo and applied a lacquer finish to the pieces, and these took on the name, Kamakura-bori.

Condition:  Mint condition exhibiting an aged patination and meticulous care. There are no missing elements, no scratches or imperfections related to daily use with all detailed elements intact. The object retains the original craftsmanship, meeting the standards of the collector of Japanese Lacquerware.