This fine Sanuki-bori large Iro-Urushi lacquerware or Shikki 漆器 tray is beautifully decorated with a snail on pine branch. Iro-Urushi 色漆 literally means 'colored lacquer', and is created by adding pigments to clear lacquer. Sanuki-bori refers to a Japanese woodcarving method where chisel marks are left unsmoothed and made from one piece of wood with a continuous carving motion. It is finely carved by a talented artist and wood carver and well decorated in green and yellow color on red. The artist has inscribed it on the bottom. It is in very good condition with a slight wabi-sabi shape. According to the seller in Japan it is about 30 years old.
It is said that the harmony between the roughness of the wood striking chisel and the tenderness of the finishing chisel is the charm of the technique. It has been designated as Kagawa prefecture’s traditional craft.
Size: Diameter 15.3 inches or 39 cm, Height 1.5 inches or 3.8 cm, Weight 950 grams or 2 lbs. 1.5 oz.
From the city of Takamatsu, Japan
The origins of Sanuki Wood Carvings of all types, including Itto-bori figures, can be traced back to the year 1837 and the construction of the Asahi Shrine, which is located halfway up the stairway of the Kotohira-gu Shrine and boasts a two-tiered, gabled roof. The most skillful shrine carpenters from throughout the whole country gathered here, and during their afternoon breaks they would compete to see who could make the best wood carvings with their carpenter’s chisels. These carvings were first made as souvenirs in the shape of flat, wooden dharma dolls. Later they were carved into the shapes of the Seven Lucky Gods, Buddhist statues, and various other kinds of ornaments. Long ago, the carvings were made from the wood of Shinto shrines’ camphor trees, with the bark still attached. Today, they are made from camphor trees, as well as from the wood of pine trees that contain beautiful patterns of resin. It has been designated as Kagawa prefecture’s traditional craft. The city of Takamatsu is also known for its high-quality Kagawa Urushi Lacquer Ware.
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Fine Sanuki-bori Large Urushi Lacquer ware Tray with Snail, SIgned
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