Black Kamakura-bori Lacquer Ryoshibako Document Box

Large Japanese Black Kamakura-bori Lacquer Ryoshibako | Document Box


Descriptive qualities& condition:

Dimensions: 9-1/4”w” x 13-0” x 4-1/4”.

This beautiful document box is made of wood with a glossy black, (roiro), lacquer finish. The Takamakie, (high relief), carved plum blossom design on the top represents a beautifully rendered. It is a superb and lovely example of this historic craft. Lacquerware ,(shikki), or nurimono, (coated things), is a traditional method of finishing wooden pieces in Japan. Many steps are taken to refine and prepare the lacquer, and even more intricate steps are taken to create/finish/ornament many exquisite objects.

Vintage Condition: Very good with beautiful modeling and detail throughout the piece. Employed are an exceptional number of layers of lacquer giving depth to the finish. The lid has light surface wear for use and aging along with the low interior rim, which holds the lid in place has rough edges from use. As is”, and retains the original craft/workmanship. Any discoloration, chipping/cracking, surface wear or structural damage is noted. 

NOTE: Craftsmen at this time began applying between 8-16 coats, (this gives the depth of color indicating quality), of thin lacquer to a carved wood base. In this way, production time, (drying), was reduced making lacquerware available beyond temples, reaching the samurai, (who studied the arts and customs), merchants, and eventually the general population.