Japanese Antique Lacquerware Bowls

Japanese Vintage Red Lacquer Covered Bowls with Daruma & Bamboo Motif


Age:Showa - 1940s

Descriptive qualities& condition:

Dimensions: 3-1/2”h x 4-1/2”dia (incl. lid)

Being offered is a beautifully detailed pair of lacquered wood bowls decorated with a motif of hand-painted black engraved bamboo, and gold Daruma, (Bodhidharma), the individual who is known as the founder of the Zen Buddhism sect.  

This lacquer set is made on a foundation of hand formed wood, and then painted and polished with multiple layers of lacquer to bring out deep hues and a smoothness of lacquer finish. The recurved profile bowls have removable lids is a high domed form with a simply fashioned lid with a tapered circular grip and foot. The beautifully Daruma motif is on the interior and exterior of the lid, and black Bamboo leaves are both on the lid and extends onto the side of the bowl. These Japanese Lacquer Bowls such as these are symbols of Japanese culture and are deeply rooted in our daily life, and hence vary in everyday use in presenting the national treasured miso soup and the essence of the culture rice which the Japanese take very seriously. 

Condition: Good and commensurate with age and use, chip on rim of one bowl, no fractures in the wood. Good color retention.

NOTE: Japanese lacquer arts are some of the most beautiful in the world. The deep, shiny luster of red lacquerware, often gorgeously decorated with gold and silver lacquer or inlaid with mother-of-pearl, is a Japanese art form that has long fascinated the world.  Lacquerware represents some of the most distinctive forms of Japanese beauty. Such pieces are meant to impress guests and enhance the psychological experience supporting taste and for guests to enjoy the hospitality of the host in an atmosphere distinct from the fast pace of everyday life.