Hiroaki Matsubara

Box with design in urushi carving. “Blue stream”

  • Lacquerware
  • Presented in 2021
  • H 19.8 x W 29.3 x D 12.5 cm
  • $17,494

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I got the idea of this form from the form of the bulbous bow, a protrusion found at the front of a ship.
I used the kanshitsu (dry lacquer) technique and applied 10 layers of red lacquer and 60 layers of black lacquer to make the whole vessel black.
I carved the surface and added makie decorations to the deeply carved parts using blue and red mother-of-pearl inlay and coarse gold flakes to express the flow of water.

Category Lacquerware
Year Presented 2021
Dimensions H 19.8 x W 29.3 x D 12.5 cm
Exhibition The 68th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition