Antiques 1-10-09

This is a roughly 250 year old calligraphy set. It is a maki-e lacquer box. I have heard the word maki-e many times but this box brought it all home. Maki-e is made by sprinkling (sprinkling = maki or maku in Japanese) gold dust onto freshly applied lacquer to form the picture (picture = e in Japanese, together they equal maki-e)

See here, here, or for your very own maki-e pen, here.

Click here for video. This video shows the  general atmosphere as a Japanese antique is being put away. It is great if you are planning on visiting any nicer antique shops in Japan and want to know the general scene.


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