Black lacquer brooch w Lion
Black lacquer brooch w Lion
Black lacquer brooch w Lion
Black lacquer brooch w Lion

Black lacquer brooch w Lion

Regular price ¥30,000
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A handmade black lacquer brooch that has been finely crafted with tin-rimmed Raden, eggshell, and sharpened gold lacquer work. Raden is a technique for expressing patterns and patterns by thinly polishing the beautiful rainbow-colored parts inside the shell. 

HISTORY & FEATURES of Yamanaka lacquerware

The origin of Yamanaka lacquerware can be traced to the late 16th century. A woodturner who moved to Manago Village (present-day Yamanaka-onsen) brought woodturning techniques to the area. Some Manago villagers moved to Yamanaka to make their living by selling wooden products to hot-spring visitors. At first, these products were made of white wood with no lacquer. In the mid 18th century, famous master craftsmen were invited from all over Japan to introduce various techniques including sensujibiki (thousand-line engraving), shudamenuri (vermillion lacquer coated with transparent lacquer), and komanuri (concentric circles in different colors). With this shift from making mere souvenirs to creating artistic pieces, Yamanaka lacquerware became an authentic local industry. Woodturning skill is the most distinctive feature of Yamanaka lacquerware. Fuki-urushi, a lacquering technique that highlights the beauty of the wood grain, is also a feature of Yamanaka lacquerware.