Updated at 2022-04-17
In simple terms, lacquer craft is when an artisan repeatedly coats a bamboo or wooden workpiece with sap from the lacquer tree and then decorates the workpiece through engraving or coloring. The lacquer makes the workpiece extremely durable. Lacquer art is most prominent in the Kagawa Prefecture of Japan. The region attracted many talented artisans during the Edo period, leading to the meteoric rise in the reputation of Kagawa lacquerware. The bowl in the picture was made using the tame-nuri technique, in which a layer of oil and semi-transparent lacquer is applied over vermilion lacquer to produce a glossy effect.
Agreement date: July 18, 2016
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