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Maki-e laquer

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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 an indication of power.

To create different colours and textures, maki-e artists use a variety of metal powders including gold, silver, copper, brass, lead, aluminum, platinum, 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. Kouami Douchou (1410–1478) was the first lacquer master linked to specific works. His maki-e works used designs from various Japanese contemporary painters. Kouami and another maki-e master, Igarashi Shinsai, were originators of the two major schools of lacquer-making in the history of Japan.

Takamakie (or "raised maki-e")
is one of the three major techniques in maki-e making.
Developed in the Muromachi Period (1336–1573), the technique of takamakie involves building up design patterns above the surface through a mixture of metal powder, lacquer and charcoal or clay dust.

Another special kind of maki-e is togidashi maki-e, where a black lacquer without oil is put on the metal decoration as an additional coat.
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hiramaki-e 平蒔絵 flat-sprinkled design
takamaki-e 高蒔絵 relief-sprinkled design


makieshi, maki-e shi 蒔絵師 making sprinkled lacquer items
They use all kinds of special tools, mostly made by themselves, to apply patterns to the itmes.
During the work the craftsman must take care not to breath too much on the piece in front of him.
Tools decorated with maki-e were given as wedding presents to Samurai, therefore the same pattern had to be repeated on many things. In Edo castle was a special workshop for this purpose.
Later when rich merchants begun to live in town, they also used items with maki-e to show their wealth and good taste, and craftsmen begun to live in town (町蒔絵師)

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蒔絵博物館 Makie Museum - a virtual Museum
江戸(東京)の有名蒔絵師 famous makie craftsmen of Edo - List
蒔絵師の事歴と作品 Introducing artists and their work
徳川幕府 O-saikujo 御細工所(おさいくじょ)Center of fine Craftswork, from 1603 till 1866 in Edo 江戸城本丸.
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. Edo shokunin 江戸の職人 Edo craftsmen .


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source : k-yatsui.com
sake cup with moon and cherry blossom desing 月に桜の蒔絵仕上げ

ano naka ni maki e kakitashi yado no tsuki

it's inside I'd like
to line with lacquer:
moon at the inn

Tr. Barnhill

On that sphere
I'd draw with gold and silver -
O'er an inn the moon.

Tr. Nelson/Saito

into this roundness
I want to draw a maki-e painting -
moon over my inn

Tr. Gabi Greve

Written in 元禄元年, Basho age 45
更科紀行 Sarashina Kiko. At a lodging in Kiso, where he was offered a rustic Sakazuki sake cup with a simple maki-e laquer motif.
Or even a plain one with no image at all.

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This haiku of Basho's appears in his "Sarashina Journal" ('Sarashina Kiko'). In a translation by David Landis Barnhill, Basho begins by describing a stressful journey on a rough mountain path to see the (full) autumn moon over Mt. Obasute in Sarashina Village. Basho and his traveling companions stop at an inn. The haiku is directly preceded by this prose passage:
" 'Hey,' I said to everyone, 'let's have a drink on this moon-viewing festival,' and wine cups were brought out. They seemed rather large and unrefined, their gold lacquer work quite crude. The cultured elite from the capital would think them tasteless, they wouldn't even deign to touch them, but I was surprisingly delighted, as if they were jasper bowls or jeweled cups, coming as they did from this place."
[Barnhill notes that for the phrase "jasper bowls or jeweled cups," "Basho uses obscure and even nonexistent characters here to suggest rare and precious objects."]
Barnhill also notes that in a variant of this haiku, the first line is 'tsuki no naka ni' ("inside the moon") rather than 'ano naka ni'. which he literally translates as "that inside in".

. Matsuo Basho 松尾芭蕉 - Archives of the WKD .


chooyoo ya wan no makie no koto gotoshi

Chrysanthemum Festival -
in the bowl this lacquer image
almost the same

Tr. Gabi Greve

. Hasegawa Kanajo 長谷川かな女 .

. Chrysanthemum Festival (chooyoo 重陽) .
"double prime number nine"


Haiku Collection by Nakada Terumi


darumagunetto ダルマグネット / だるまマグネット 
Daruma Magnet

source :www.imose.com
蒔絵 マグネット 朱 だるま

makie Magnet with Daruma, for clipping things to your refrigerator.

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Good Luck Daruma Magnet - マグネットクリップ(シート)

More in black and manekineko magnets :
- source : oo14bung.eshizuoka.jp

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source : shop.minamisoma-factory.com
in five colors for good luck 福だるま
comes in different sizes

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source : www.sekichu.com/item
Gunma chan character and ぐんまちゃん
Daruma with negi leek and konjaku for the fridge
ぐんまちゃんラバーマグネット だるま

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source : http://minne.com/items
Cat Daruma Magnet 猫だるまさんマグネット
in three colors

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source : miyayume.cocolog-nifty.com/trainbox
pengin magunetto ペンギンマグネット penguin magnet
and Daruma to pass the examination

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source : e-morishita.jp/magnet
magnet to pass the examination 開運マグネット
絵馬の形やだるまの形 in the form of an ema and Daruma

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Daruma magnet with small calendar
ミニマグネットカレンダー だるま from 2010

和柄 カタチマグネット だるま
All kinds of magnets, Japanese motives with Daruma

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和柄 カタチマグネット だるま
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1 comment:

Gabi Greve said...

Maki-e decoration on an Inro

inroo, inrō 印籠 / 印篭 / いんろう Inro, pillbox, pill box, Pillenschachtel