Japanese lacquered KUSHI and KANZASHI SET w SHO-CHIKU-BAI
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A handmade comb that has been finely crafted with sharpened gold. Rare white lacquer is applied to the boxwood fabric. Golden bridge and weeping willows are Elaborately drawn. Sho-Chiku-Bai means pine, bamboo, and plum. All three plants are known to have resistance against cold in winter, and because of that, they become symbols of growth and good fortune.
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.