This Japanese Vintage 讃岐 Sanuki Lacquered Wood Kashiki is a high quality well-made vintage covered Kashiki wood and lacquered lidded bowl with a tray, by the world famous wood craftsman of the Sanuki Company in Japan. A beautiful pristine piece depicting the motif of a apple and peach, one painted subtly with reddish colors. The Kashiki bowl is the term used for the dishes most often used for serving desserts at the tea ceremony, although they make wonderful decorative pieces and could be used to hold just about anything with its size. Sanuki wood work and items are famous world wide , so information is available on the internet as well as below. It is signed on the bottom by the artist, most likely with the Sanuki Company name. This 30 year old piece is in very good condition, with no cracks or chips, perhaps some minor age wear although i do not see any.
SIZE : Diameter: 7.1" or 18.03 cm, Height 2.8" or 7.11 cm Weight 520 grams or 1.15 pounds unpacked
From the city of Takamatsu, Japan
Please see the Link in our Favorites Links on our HomePage; to the Kagawa Prefecture Japan Home Page ; which references arts in all of Kagawa Prefectures including Sanuki Wood Information under the first link for the city.
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 darma 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. The city of Takamatsu is also known for its high quality Kagawa Urushi Lacquer Ware
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