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Updated: 26 Feb 2024


Japanese lacquer box-Makie Raden Box (Bunko-03)


Title: Japanese lacquer box-Kujaku Botan Makie Raden Bako

Signature: NO SIGNED
Material: wood, lacquer, seashell

Size Weight
24.8 cm × 20.8 cm × 5.2 cm 658g

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SKU: Bunko-03 Categories: ,

Title: Japanese lacquer box-Kujaku Botan Makie Raden Bako

 *As this item is an antique, please check each photo and ensure its condition.

 Since ancient times, Japanese people put essential things in boxes customarily. Furthermore, they developed various techniques to decorate boxes.

 This box has a rectangular shape with a rounded corner. There are movable screens. These screens separate the inside of the box, so it is useful to organize items.

 Kujaku (孔雀, peacock/peahen) and peonies are designed for the black lacquered box. The combination of peacock and peony is a popular design. As peacocks eat venomous snakes or poisonous insects, some people believed its vitality and thought this bird pattern would protect them from evil spirits. It also represents the prosperity of future generation because a couple of peacock and peahen has lots of children. Therefore, the Kujaku pattern is preferred for the wedding ceremony for Kimono (着物, traditional Japanese cloth). The wings of the peacock are shining thanks to the *Raden technique.

 Peony represents happiness, wealth, nobleness, and gorgeousness. This flower pattern has been treated as a kind of good-omen motifs that become a rich harvest sign. Peony is called Botan (牡丹) in Japanese. When we write this flower’s name in Japanese, its second letter, “丹” has the meaning: medicine of mountain hermit that would give us eternal youth. Based on the meaning of this letter, the peony pattern symbolizes eternal youth and longevity.

 The back of the lid and screens are decorated with a chrysanthemum pattern. This flower symbolizes fall, and people appreciate it very much since ancient times. As its petals form radially, the chrysanthemum has been likened to the sun. Probably that is why this flower pattern is treated as the symbol of perpetual youth and longevity or good health.

 This item is useful to store your belongings. Moreover, you could display it to enjoy as a part of the interior decoration in your room.

 *Makie……A typical Japanese lacquer art technique developed uniquely in Japan for about 1200 years. Firstly, it needs to draw a picture with lacquer on the surface with a thin brush. Next, sprinkle the gold powder from above to show the pattern before the lacquer hardens. This technique makes a gorgeous and elegant look to works.

 *Raden…… It is a kind of decorative technique that is often used for traditional craftworks. It uses the pearl part of seashells and put it into the engraved surface of lacquer or wood. Thanks to its iridescent luster, it gives a luxurious look to works.

【About us】
 Samurai Museum is located in Tokyo, Japan, exhibiting antique artifacts related to the Samurai history. Samurai Museum Shop is the place for those who are interested in Japanese culture and craftsmanship. We deal with antique Samurai swords/armor, traditional crafts made in Japan and so on.

【Payment method】
 We accept payment through Stripe (Credit card), PayPal, Apple Pay or ChromePay, all of which are secure payment methods. If you prefer other payment method, please contact us. After confirming your payment, we will apply for an export permit. You may either pay in JPY, USD, AUD, EUR or GBP. The price is set in Japanese Yen. Prices in other currencies are automatically calculated based on the latest exchange rate.

【Shipping duration】
 We normally ship via EMS (Express Mail Service) provided by Japan Post. It usually takes at least 5-14 days to deliver the package after you place an order. We will use DHL instead for those who ordered from Canada or Australia as EMS temporarily stops shipping to these countries due to COVID-19. We offer Free International Shipping as long as we can ship your order by either EMS or DHL (Australia, Canada only). If you prefer other shipping carriers, please contact us.  

 We will inform you of the order’s tracking number via email. Please make sure you fill out your valid email address correctly. 

*Please keep in mind that due to the spread of COVID-19, there might be possible delays in delivery. If you like to make sure if EMS shipping is available to your country, please contact us.

【How to make sure the condition】
 Please keep in mind that what you are going to purchase is an antique item. We uploaded high resolution photos for you to check its condition thoroughly. If you like to see more photos with different angles, please feel free to contact us. We will be happy to send them to you so that you can make informed decision. 

 It is essential for us to know that you are happy with your choice of Bunko and we are prepared to use the best of our ability to serve you.


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