Makoto Tanaka

Box of lauan wood for shikishi with marquetry decoration finished in wiped urushi.

  • Wood and Bamboo
  • Presented in 2014
  • H 6.0 x W 27.0 x D 30.0 cm
  • $14,350

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Category Wood and Bamboo
Year Presented 2014
Dimensions H 6.0 x W 27.0 x D 30.0 cm
Exhibition The 61th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition

  • Mokuga wood decoration

    Mokuga (“wood picture”) is a decorative technique in which slices of wood several millimeters thick are cut into geometric pieces such as rectangles or triangles and then attached to the surface of an object to create a design. Complicated works may use over one thousand small parts, carefully arranged with attention to the alignment of the grain.

  • Wiped lacquer finish

    Wiped lacquer (fuki urushi) is a wood-finishing technique consisting of a thin coat of lacquer. The lacquer is applied with a spatula or brush, rubbed in with a cotton cloth, and then wiped away using washi paper or clean fabric. Repeating the process numerous times produces a finish that brings out the wood’s grain and texture.