A Japanese vintage folkcraft Kamakurabori 鎌倉彫 Kogo is made. of lacquered wood was a purchase from Japan. It is relatively new, about 20 - 30 years old. A kogo is used for holding incense and historically most often for the tea ceremony, at the temple, and for the small worship area in the home. The kogo are also wonderful items of character to decorate with, in addition to placing small items in around the house. This kogo is made of a beautiful wood which is ua clear lacquered on the inside, which is very unusual- usually they are lacquered with a color. Most likely it is made of 'yakusugi' or cedar wood , the wood most often used for carving other than pine. A kogo is used for holding incense and historically most often for the tea ceremony, at the temple, and for the small worship area in the home. The kogo are also wonderful items of character to decorate with, in addition to placing small items in around the house.
This kogo is handmade and hand lacquered. One can see from the very unusual fact that it is not lacquered in black on the inside that the majority of lacquerware is that it is a folkcraft item. However, the work is expert level. Kamakurabori refers to a specific method resultant in a special style of carving and lacquerware wood from Japan. This style is definitely a Kamakurabori , it just looks different due to the folkcraft element. The top was first painted black, then lacquered in many lacquers, then carved with the design of large sunflowers. One can see from the slanted pictures of the top, that the lacquer was done in many laters, The lacquer is most likely the most commonly used that comes made from tree sap, called "Urushi" and is one of the most popular and common lacquers used om Japanese wares. However. the fact that it is folkcraft makes it a one of a kind kogo,
This kogo is in excellent condition with no cracks of chips, it is just a little different due to the folkcraft element.
Size: Diameter 2.92 inches or 7.5 cm, Height 1.28 inches or 3.3 cm
Kamakura Lacquer, Kamakura Bori 鎌倉彫
Kamakura-bori 鎌倉彫? is a form of lacquerware from Kamakura, Japan. It is made by carving patterns in wood, then lacquering it with layers of color. It is then polished. Kamakura Lacquer is a highly developed type of wood carving. It is most commonly applied to produce small items such as trays, plates, coasters, hand mirrors or boxes. a pattern carved in wood cut from the Katsura tree or Japanese Judas, or the In many cases, Japanese plants and flowers are featured in the patterns. This is the first kogo I think I have seen. Its origin is considered to be the carved lacquerware of ‘Tsuishu red lacquer’ and ‘Tsuikoku black lacquer’ that came from China along with Zen Buddhism in the Kamakura period.
The genre is said to date to the Kamakura period, when Kōun 康運? or, according to another theory, Kōen 康円?, a busshi a sculptor specializing in Buddhist images, began carving racial Buddhist implements in the manner that Chin Na-kei or Chin Wa-kei had introduced from the Song Dynasty in China.
Kamakura-Bori was typically produced for the ruling class of feudal Japan, and often depicts religious/political figures. Kamakura-Bori was for all people who owned a home: almost all home-owners had some form of Kamakura-Bori crafts.
references: Wiki and Japan National Tourism 'Japan the Official Guide'
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Japanese Vintage Folkcraft Kamakurabori 鎌倉彫 Lacquered Wood Kogo
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