There's a lovely, peaceful aesthetic to this vintage Japanese necklace. The sleek black lacquered background really highlights the hand-painted artwork on the large center porcelain plaque and the two side beads that are painted both front and back.
The designs are all very harmonious in earthy colors. The necklace seems to fit the Japanese aesthetic of ancient ideals that include wabi (transient and stark beauty), sabi (the beauty of natural patina and aging), and yūgen (profound grace and subtlety). These ideals are what is considered tasteful or beautiful.
The necklace measures 19 inches around, ending in a secure spring ring clasp marked JAPAN. The center piece is 2 inches high. The black beads are 10mm wide. Necklace is in excellent vintage condition with a pleasing amount of wabi, sabi and yūgen. Circa 1970s.
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Japanese Hand-Painted Lacquered Porcelain Bead Necklace