The ingenuity and grace of the ancient craft of lacquerware is celebrated in our rereleased Japanese Lacquer Boxes series.
These covers portray masterful examples of 19th-century Japanese lacquer boxes made during the Edo or Meiji period. The exquisite boxes are currently held in a private collection in Kyoto.
The lacquerware boxes are crafted in the Maki-e tradition, in which sap from the lacquer tree is sprinkled with metallic powder, such as gold, silver or copper, to create luxurious designs. Over the centuries, craftspeople learned to use this sap, which hardens to a brilliant, glossy coating, as a finish to decorate and protect favoured wood and paper objects.
These fine lacquered surfaces are evidence of the uniquely human ability to create beauty from unlikely sources.
Karakusa available as: Midi and mini hardcover journal
Ougi available as: Midi and mini hardcover journal, pencil case
Which of our Japanese Lacquer Boxes do you like best?