Japanese Kamakura-bori Lacquerware

Japanese Kamakura-bori Lacquer Incense Holder with Lid



Descriptive qualities& condition:

Dimensions: 3-0” dia x `1-1/8”h

Fine and thin wood lacquer Kogo, (incense box), in which the lid is ornamented with chiseled texture using the Hiramakie (low relief): the design is contained in one lacquer layer that stands up very slightly above the polished but undecorated surface. Specifically made for use during the tea ceremony. The piece is stamped on the back.

Vintage Condition: Excellent as originally made. “As is” with no affects from aging, and retains the original craft/workmanship. Any discoloration, chipping/cracking, surface wear or structural damage noted. 

NOTE: Kamakura-bori is a type of lacquer ware made in the area around the city of Kamakura in Kanagawa prefecture. The tradition dates back to the Kamakura period (1185-1333) when Tsuishu and Tsuikoku, thickly lacquered wooden wares, were imported from China alongside other artistic crafts. The style of the imported wares was later incorporated with Japanese arts and traditional patterns and Kamakura-bori was born. Initially, Kamakura-bori techniques were mainly applied to Buddhist statues and altar items. Under the influence of Chinese handicraft work, sculptors of Buddhist ritual implements and temple carpenters started to carve Japanese Judas tree or ginkgo into wooden wares and applied a lacquer finish to pieces that were given the name Kamakura-bori.