Keiji Onihira

Makie Box ”Kinsangindai(Narcisssus)”

  • Lacquerware
  • Presented in 2020
  • H 21.2 x W 25.8 x D 14.4 cm
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"When I saw masses of narcissus blooming on the Echizen Coast during the winter, I thought they looked exactly like flowers in the snow. I used eggshells to express the flowers, and silver-palladium alloy powder to express the leaves.
On the top and sides of the box, I designed snowflakes to express the traces of winter.
I hope people who see this piece can feel the scent of blooming narcissus.

The sweet scent of narcissus have charmed people from long ago.
As the yellow crown on the white flower petals looks like a golden sake cup placed on a silver sake cup table, narcissus is also called kinsangindai in Japanese, meaning ""gold cup, silver table"", and is known as a flower suitable for auspicious occasions. "

Category Lacquerware
Year Presented 2020
Dimensions H 21.2 x W 25.8 x D 14.4 cm
Materials dry lacquer (partially wood based), silver-palladium alloy, gold, quail egg shells, sea abalone shells (known as tamamushi (jewel beetle) shells), pigments
Exhibition The 37th Lacquerware 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.