Meiji Bijutsu

Maki-e Lacquer Natsume by Tada Keikan

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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 1980: Item # 1184397
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Kita-aoyama 3-14-1
Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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Here is an intriguing and original natsume (tea container) made by a fifth generation lacquer artist from Ishikawa prefecture named Tada Keikan. Natsume are usually made to preserve thin tea (whereas chaire are used for thick tea). They are traditionally made of lacquered wood.

This natsume is made in the maki-e style, where gold has been applied to the lacquer to form, here, symbolized clouds which seem to hide a rising (or setting) sun, shaped by a dip in the black lid. That dip is echoed at the foot, creating balance and a mysterious aura to the beautiful objet.

The natsume is in excellent condition. It will be shipped in a wooden box, signed by Tada Keikan..

Please let us know if you have some questions.

Dimensions: 6.6 x 6.7 cm (2.64 x 2.68 in); 58g (2.03 oz)

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