Keiji Onihira

Makie Raden Box "Ginkan (Milky Way)"

  • Lacquerware
  • Presented in 2019
  • H 20.2 x W 28.3 x D 14.0 cm
  • Sold Out

The Japanese word "Ginkan" means "Milky Way". I designed the Milky Way and spiral galaxy in this piece.
Among the spiral galaxy are the planets Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.
In the middle of the opposite side of the box (the other side of the box that cannot be seen in this photo) is the sun. There is also a beaming comet moving around in the sky.

I expressed the twinkling stars in space using raden (mother-of-pearl inlay) on the jet-black box.
I hope people can feel as if this makie box itself is a universe and enjoy it.

Category Lacquerware
Year Presented 2019
Dimensions H 20.2 x W 28.3 x D 14.0 cm
Materials dry lacquer (partially wood based), gold, silver-palladium alloy, pearl oyster, green turban shells, south sea abalone shells (known as tamamushi (jewel beetle) shells), abalone shells, pigments
Exhibition The 60th Traditional Kogei Exhibition of Ishikawa
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.