Keiji Onihira

Memories come back

  • Lacquerware
  • Presented in 2013
  • H 13.7 x W 29.5 x D 16.7 cm
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Maki-e box "Kyorai" expresses the changes of the sky from darkening at dusk to the dark of night when the crescent moon lights the sea of clouds. On the opposite side the scene changes to dawn, where auspicious clouds are illuminated by the sun.
Inside the box is painted in a brownish red color and a crested ibis flying up to the sky is drawn.

"Kyorai" means memories from the past coming back, or thoughts occurring. I made this piece thinking that looking back over the past in the evening, waking up in the morning in the light of dawn, and looking into the future is a fortunate and precious thing.

Exhibited at The 60th Japan Traditional Kogei Exhibition in 2013

Category Lacquerware
Year Presented 2013
Dimensions H 13.7 x W 29.5 x D 16.7 cm
Materials gold, pearl oyster, south sea abalone shells (known as tamamushi (jewel beetle) shells)
Exhibition The 60 th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition
Artist Signature Signature on box and piece
Notes Comes with box

Keiji Onihira

photo Keiji Onihira

I create my artwork with lacquer, gold, powder, mother-of-pearl, using various makie techniques. Many new types of lacquer and pigments are being developed these days. I try to use these new materials and techniques within the traditional artwork, as I believe this will create a new tradition. With traditional lacquerware at the base, I want to try various motifs and themes to produce artwork that create a special little world or atmosphere.