Japanese lacquered comb KUSHI w Swallows and Umbrella
Japanese lacquered comb KUSHI w Swallows and Umbrella
Japanese lacquered comb KUSHI w Swallows and Umbrella
Japanese lacquered comb KUSHI w Swallows and Umbrella

Japanese lacquered comb KUSHI w Swallows and Umbrella

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A handmade comb that has been finely crafted with sharpened gold. Red lacquer is applied to the boxwood fabric. Swallows and an umbrella are drawn.

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 (concentriccircles 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.