The original item from The Many Faces of Japan is now SOLD.
This Japanese Antique Kamakura-Bori carved Lacquer ware Fish Table Box is about 120 years old dating to the early 20th century. This is one of the most popular designs of decorative Kamakura- bori in export ware. Kamakura requires and is made with much detail. It is carved with scales, fins and tail and face for highlighting to give it a realistic look. It is lacquered with layers of stained red lacquer. The inside is lacquered in black. It is an unusual one in that the bottom is painted in a cream color. See more below about kamokuri bori. This is in very good condition, it has a few losses of lacquer two which cannot be seen or easily be covered. I prefer the wood repair magic markers but can be painted if you are a good painter.
Size: Length 10.5inches or 27cms Height 2.5inches or 7cms Width 5 inches or 13 cms
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. 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.
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Japanese Antique Kamokura-Bori 鎌倉彫 carved Lacquer ware Fish Table Box
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