Meiji Bijutsu

Maki-e Lacquer Natsume by Imada Hokusen

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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 1990: Item # 1184656
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Kita-aoyama 3-14-1
Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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This superb natsume (tea container) was made by an artist named Imada Hokusen. 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, a rich and elaborate design of three fans“floating”about what seems to be a symbolized torrent and its waves. The fans are decorated respectively with images of bamboo, pine and plum tree branches, echoing the decorations of large screens often seen in old princely houses and temples. A noble looking natsume indeed.

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

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Dimensions: 6.7 x 7 cm (2.68 x 2.8 in); 48g (1.68 oz)

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