This unusual Japanese vintage lacquerware is a gold maki-e embossed cylinder shaped cannister or other container is marked 'Made in Occupied Japan'. It is a most unusual and fine piece. Both the inside and outside are nicely lacquered, the inside also seems like an insulated lining underneath. The outside is in a beautiful Merlot color, the inside in black, The body is decorated with gold maki-e floral decorations which repeat on each side which get thinner then wider, the lid in very detailed gold leaf maki-e decorations. The color of the outside lacquerware is most unusual- almost a wine colored brown- as is the very detailed maki-e which is very beautiful. It is quite unusual and believe it is best qualified as a large tea jar. t is quite heavy. It may have been part of a canister set used for other type herbs or foods since it is a bit large for a tea jar.
The inside is very clean, the bottom has some age staining but not significant and expected as usual for age. There are few minor white age spots, please see the picture. it is probably oak or pine not bamboo, a very hard wood. Very nicely lacquered and done. If there are any scratches they are minimal in the lacquer of course but I did not really see anything significant at all on the inside or outside besides that.
The bottom reads "Made in Occupied Japan" in addition to the Fuji logo which as I recall was used by several shops or artists but I will double check and if significant will update the post!
SIZE: Height 6 in or 15.24 cm. Diameter 3 1/2 in. or 8.89 cm
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