Tatsuo Nagaoka

Screen for tea ceremony brazier with sunago.

  • Sunagowork
  • Presented in 2019
  • H 32 x W 188 cm
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Category Sunagowork
Year Presented 2019
Dimensions H 32 x W 188 cm
Exhibition The 66th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition
Awards Japan Kōgei Association Incentive Award

  • Sunagowork

    Sunago is a traditional technique to draw patterns with gold and silver leaf made into fine, sand-like powder using a bamboo cylinder with a mesh net set in the bottom.
    The gold / silver powder is dusted on to a sheet of paper where animal glue is applied, and is pressed down lightly with Japanese paper.
    Sunago has been used to decorate picture scrolls and writings such as handwritten copies of sutras since the end of the Heian period (794 - 1185), and in the Edo period (1603 - 1868), it was also used to decorate folding screens and fusuma (sliding paper doors) paintings. Today, sunago techniques are used for decorating fusuma and other crafts such as furosaki byobu, a folding screen used for a summer-style tea ceremony.

Tatsuo Nagaoka

photo Tatsuo Nagaoka

Production of sunagowork using real gold started during the Tempyo period (710-794), and the techniques were completed in the Heian period (794-1185). Sunagowork can be seen in national treasures such as Heike Nokyo (sutras dedicated by the Taira family) and Sanjurokuninkashu (manuscript of Japanese poems written by the 36 master poets). From then on, the sunago techniques were improved and passed down to this day as a traditional craft unique to Japan. The sensibility of Japanese people developed sunagowork through times. I want to produce refined, elegant sunagowork to match our modern life style.