Maki-e Lacquer Natsume by Hosei (a)
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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 2000: Item # 1183911
Kawakami 2891-4 Yufuin-cho
Yufu-shi, Oita-ken 879-5102 Japan
This elegant natsume (tea container, in Japanese) was made by an artist named Hosei. Natsume are usually made to preserve thin tea (whereas chaire are used for thick tea). They are traditionally made of lacquered wood.
This particular natsume is made in the maki-e style of lacquer ware, where gold and sometimes other materials are applied to the lacquer to form elaborate designs. Here, the delicately made flowery decoration evokes the abundance and vividness of summer.
The natsume is in good condition, except for a few minute wears (see picture 9). It will be shipped in a wooden box signed by Hosei.
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Dimensions: 6.7 x 6.8 cm (2.68 x 2.72 in); 64g (2.24 oz)
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