Lacquered wood panel, sumptuous Japanese lovely decor on Yamanaka-nuri Maki-e, by a very well-known artist Seki Suiun Midori 関翠雲  (1938-).
Lacquered wood panel, sumptuous Japanese lovely decor on Yamanaka-nuri Maki-e, by a very well-known artist Seki Suiun Midori 関翠雲  (1938-).
Lacquered wood panel, sumptuous Japanese lovely decor on Yamanaka-nuri Maki-e, by a very well-known artist Seki Suiun Midori 関翠雲  (1938-).
Lacquered wood panel, sumptuous Japanese lovely decor on Yamanaka-nuri Maki-e, by a very well-known artist Seki Suiun Midori 関翠雲  (1938-).
Lacquered wood panel, sumptuous Japanese lovely decor on Yamanaka-nuri Maki-e, by a very well-known artist Seki Suiun Midori 関翠雲  (1938-).
Lacquered wood panel, sumptuous Japanese lovely decor on Yamanaka-nuri Maki-e, by a very well-known artist Seki Suiun Midori 関翠雲  (1938-).
Lacquered wood panel, sumptuous Japanese lovely decor on Yamanaka-nuri Maki-e, by a very well-known artist Seki Suiun Midori 関翠雲  (1938-).
Lacquered wood panel, sumptuous Japanese lovely decor on Yamanaka-nuri Maki-e, by a very well-known artist Seki Suiun Midori 関翠雲  (1938-).
Lacquered wood panel, sumptuous Japanese lovely decor on Yamanaka-nuri Maki-e, by a very well-known artist Seki Suiun Midori 関翠雲  (1938-).
Lacquered wood panel, sumptuous Japanese lovely decor on Yamanaka-nuri Maki-e, by a very well-known artist Seki Suiun Midori 関翠雲  (1938-).
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Japanese traditional lacquered art craft, a Yamanaka nuri wood panel with the maki-e technique: an unique and rare artwork of Seki Suiun Midori 関翠雲.

Eye catching wall decoration of a nightingale in his plum blossom that are outlined and highlighted in and on Maki-e gilt with a touch of red enamel pattern. A beautiful contrast with the deep black lacquer.

This amazing craftsmanship will make a statement in any room and is ideal for a Japanese or Asian decoration or gift.

In Japanese legends the plum blossom and the nightingale are inseparable, and represent the two spirits of the awakening spring when the mists of winter first begin to roll away.

There is a story, for instance, of the daughter of the poet Kino Tsurayuki, who lived in the days of the Emperor Murakami, in the tenth century. From time immemorial a single plum-tree bad always stood before the south pavilion of the Imperial Palace at Nara, and when at some period of this Emperor's reign the tree died, messengers were dispatched in hot haste to find one worthy to replace it.

One was found in the garden of the poet aforesaid, a fine tree with crimson blossoms belonging to his daughter, who was most reluctant to part with her favorite. However, there was, of course, no help for it, and the tree was sent off to the palace grounds with some verses fastened to it, which run thus in Mr. Brinkley's translation —

"Claimed for our sovereign's use, Blossoms I've loved so long, Can I in duty fail? But for the nightingale, Seeking her home of song, How shall I find excuse?"

The Emperor, struck with the graceful sentiment of the verses, made inquiries as to the writer, and finding that she was the daughter of his favorite poet, ordered the tree to be returned to her.

The artist:

Seki Suiun Midori 関翠雲 was born in 1938. In 1955 he was engaged in the family business of depositing money under his father, Takeo.

In 1972 he received the Governor's Award and other gold awards at the Makie Association Exhibition. In 1995 he was certified as a traditional craftsman (registration number: 303529) He still lives in Yamanaka, where he still practices his art, he is recognized throughout Japan and beyond for his magnificent tea utensils.

Yamanaka Lacquerware: the sumptuous-looking lacquerware of Yamanaka Onsen has been a sought-after commodity since its conception in the 16th century. Delicately crafted silken bowls, vases and cups can be found in shops and galleries throughout the town.

Yamanaka lacquerware is an important, traditional craft that has been carefully preserved. While lacquering as a craft is prevalent throughout Japan, Yamanaka Onsen is one of the last remaining places in the country to carve the wooden bases. The production of Yamanaka lacquerware uses many of the same methods today as it did centuries ago, with some artisans still using foot-powered lathes and an array of hand-made tools to carve the wooden bases. The process requires immense precision. The application of the lacquer is similarly meticulous, and is only understood by a handful of craftspeople in the area.

The resulting final pieces of lacquerware are inimitable and awe-inspiring. Maki-e 蒔絵, literally: sprinkled picture is Japanese lacquer sprinkled with gold or silver powder as a decoration using a makizutsu or a kebo brush.

The technique was developed mainly in the Heian Period 794–1185 and blossomed in the Edo Period 1603–1868. Maki-e objects were initially designed as household items for court nobles; they soon gained more popularity and were adopted by royal families and military leaders as a symbol of power.

To create different colors and textures, maki-e artists use a variety of metal powders including gold, silver, copper, brass, lead, aluminum, platinum, and pewter, as well as their alloys. Bamboo tubes and soft brushes of various sizes are used for laying powders and drawing fine lines. As it requires highly skilled craftsmanship to produce a maki-e painting, young artists usually go through many years of training to develop the skills and to ultimately become maki-e masters.

Condition: the lacquer is in a good vintage condition, small scratches or default could be visible if you look carefully. Please see photos. The price was set accordingly.

Dimension: 27.1 cm * 24 cm * 0.5 cm (10.6 inch * 9.5 inch * 0.2 inch).

🎁All items are wrapped with a beautiful Japanese fabric at no extra cost.