The size of Kamakura-bori Deep Kashi Bowl: 10 3/4” Dia x 1 3/4” High. About 5/8” Thickness. This is prettiest of Kamakura-bori Kashi Bowl ever seen. The bowl is from Showa 13 th, 1938, 76 years old. It is dated on the back as 1938, April 18th. It has beautiful carved design of Ebisu and Daikoku design with Hoju (treasures). Two are from Shichifukujin (seven lucky Gods.). The both Ebisu and Daikoku faces are finely and deeply carved into the wooden body. I believe it is made of Katsura(Cercidiphyllum japonicum). It is very scarce nowadays. The color of Lacquer finish on surface with light Brown, Red, Green and Yellow. Back of Kashi bowl down with Roiro. The condition of Kashi Bowl is excellent, no chip, no crack and no hairline. Just little wear on the bottom area as well as the edge band area. We supply wooden stand as photo showing. It stand well with this stand. If you do not want the stand, please let us know I can ship without stand. It is not original stand with this item. The Japanese Kanji writing in gold are written as, 15 th wedding anniversary gift to Michinosuke and Fujiko, dated Showa 13 th, 1938, April 18 th. The quality of lacquer finish is very good. Also, much attractive appearance in person, especially the carved area of Ebisu and Daikoku face, which my photos does not show the detail work well. The bowl sit well and no warping.
Ebisu, god of fishers or merchants, often depicted carrying a sea bream Daikokuten (Daikoku), god of wealth, commerce and trade. Ebisu and Daikoku are often paired and represented as carvings or masks on the walls of small retail shops
Kamakura-bori, (Japanese: “Kamakura carving”), in Japanese lacquerwork, technique in which designs are carved in wood and then coated with red or black lacquer. Originally, it was an imitation of a Chinese carved lacquer (tiao-ch’i, called tsuishu in Japanese) in which many layers of lacquer are built up to a considerable thickness (often in several colours) and then cut back to achieve the desired relief design. There also existed in China a technique of carving wood and coating it with vermilion lacquer, but this does not seem to have been the inspiration for Kamakura-bori.
Chinese lacquerwork was fashionable in Japan during the Kamakura period (1192–1333), and Kamakura-bori dates from the latter part of that period. One of the earliest extant examples is an incense container with a peony pattern in the Nanzen Temple, Kyōto, believed to date from the 14th or early 15th century. The influence of the tiao-ch’i technique also can be seen in Kamakura-bori chests and cabinets dating from the latter part of the Muromachi period (1338–1573). Chinese artists in the Chia-ching period (1522–66) of the Ming dynasty used layers of red and green lacquer cut back to produce red flowers and green leaves. The Kamakura-bori versions consist of a carved-wood design, with the flowers coated in red lacquer and the leaves in green (from Brittanica).