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A sublime Lacquer obon (tray) dating from the 19th century.
It is made with inlaid gold and nacre on black and red lacquer, using several maki-e techniques and decorated with a Noh theater mask representing Okina, floating above a piece of cloth and a cord with tassels. Okina is considered the oldest of the Noh characters, even pre-dating the genre. It is the face of an old man, actually a god, with a rich smile, symbolizing youth, longevity and abundance.
Maki-e is a lacquer technique where gold, silver or other metallic powders are applied to lacquered wood to form often rich and delicate motifs to decorate an objet. It was developed during the Heian period (794-1185), in Japan.
The high level of sophistication of Japanese lacquer ware can be seen here. The minute details in which the tray is decorated, as well as the elegant plays of colors, brilliancy and texture is a true treat for the eyes.
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The obon is in very good condition. It bears obvious signs of its age, yet very little dents or wear (see picture 12).
Dimensions: 39 x 27 x 3.5 (h) cm (16 x 11 x 1.4 in); 390 g (13.7 oz)
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