image Nest of boxes in shape of flower with tortoiseshell and mother-of-pearl inlay.

Nest of boxes in shape of flower with tortoiseshell and mother-of-pearl inlay.

Living National Treasure Shosai Kitamura

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Detail

  • Category
    URUSHIWORK
  • Size
    L21.0 W23.8 H6.2
  • Year of production
    2013

Technique

Raden

Raden is a decorative craft that uses the iridescent parts of seashells such as abalone, turban shells, and pearl oysters, which are shaved down very thin. Ra means “a spiral shell” and den means “to decorate.” The technique was conveyed to Japan from China about 1,300 years ago, and marvelous examples can be seen in the treasures at Shoso-in Temple in Nara.

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ARTIST&WORK

image Shosai Kitamura

Shosai Kitamura

  • URUSHIWORK
  • / Living National Treasure
  • / Full member, Japan Kogei Association

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