image Hexagonal box with tortoiseshell and mother-of-pearl inlay.

Hexagonal box with tortoiseshell and mother-of-pearl inlay.

Living National Treasures Shosai Kitamura

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Infomation

  • Categories
    Lacquerware
  • Size
    L21.0 W18.0 H10.0
  • Year of production
    2014

Techniques

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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image Shosai Kitamura

Shosai Kitamura

  • Lacquerware
  • / Living National Treasures
  • / Full member, Japan Kogei Association

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