The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures

Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.

Lacquer Gourd Sake Cup Set w/ Kamakura Tray


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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Lacquer: Pre 1950: Item # 1395253

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A thin veil of red lacquer covers the carved surface of this Mingei tray likely from the Kamakura-bori tradition containing a set of five small cups and a container cut from natural gourds, lacquered inside red, black on the base. The tray is 29 x 18 x 6 cm (11 x 7 x 2-1/2 inches) and all parts are in fine condition. A great idea for summer sake. Kamakura-bori originated in the city of Kamakura, then military capital of Japan about 750 years ago at the time when Zen Buddhism was being introduced to Japan from China. With the religion came Tsuishu and Tsuikoku lacquered wares imported from China. The style of the imported wares was later incorporated with Japanese arts and traditional patterns, and Kamakura Bori was born. Several Zen Temples were constructed in Kamakura during this period and Buddhist statues and artifacts were carved by skilled craftsmen who refined and developed the techniques for what would become Kamakura-bori. Today, descendants of the early carvers continue the tradition and explore new ways of expression of the ancient craft. Plates, trays, cups, tea-caddies and anything in between, are artfully carved from katsura timber and then lacquered in several layers and polished to bring out beautiful patterns and shapes.