Japanese Ryukyu Shikki Vermillion Lacquer Serving Tray Japanese Ryukyu Shikki Vermillion Lacquer Serving Tray

Japanese Lacquerware Serving Tray

Japanese Ryukyu Shikki Vermillion Lacquer Serving Tray



Descriptive qualities& condition:

Dimensions: 9-0” Dia.

This carved serving tray is lacquered in a deep red tone and in greenish-black on the leafy ornamented areas. The technique unique is called tsuikin where a pattern is cut from a pigmented lacquer sheet, which is then affixed onto the item. Then the rest of the piece is carved and colored. Utilized in this tray is a combined technique is called hananuri which has a contrast between traditional vermillion lacquer and black lacquer, creating its vivid brilliance.

Vintage Condition: Excellent with unusually defined carving with an exceptional number of layers of lacquer giving depth to the finish. “As is”, and retains the original craft/workmanship. Any discoloration, chipping/cracking, surface wear, or structural damage noted.         

NOTE: Ryukyu lacquerware (called Ryukyu shikki in Japanese) is produced in Okinawa prefecture. Lacquerware techniques imported from China were well adapted to the lifestyle of the people during the development of Ryukyu lacquerware unique to Okinawa. The technology and artistry involved in this craft are praised not only in Japan but also overseas. This style of lacquerware has a great diversity of decorating techniques. Tsuikin (lacquer overlay), a uniquely Okinawan decoration technique, is based on a Chinese style called tsuishu, (red lacquerware with raised designs), and gives pieces a three-dimensional appearance.

Okinawa is greatly blessed with climatic conditions that are ideal for the production of lacquer, as it is possible to collect high-quality raw materials like Indian coral tree, Japanese snowbell, and Okinawan banyan tree. Ryukyu lacquerware has set itself apart due to favorable conditions as a production area and the great efforts of its artisans.