Title: Japanese wooden lacquer box-Bunko Nogiku Zu
A Bunko (文庫) is a type of box, and it is also called the Bunko Bako (文庫箱). It has been used to store books, personal belongings, or valuables. Since ancient times, Japanese people have put essential things in boxes customarily. And they developed various techniques to decorate packages.
This box has a rectangular shape, and its entire surface is decorated with ornate plant designs. We estimate this plant is a kind of chrysanthemum. The wood material is coated with elegant black lacquer, and the flowers are depicted with the Makie (蒔絵) technique. The Makie is a typical Japanese lacquer art technique developed uniquely in Japan for about 1,200 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, as seen on this Bunko box.
The beauty of the curves created by plants is placed in a well-balanced manner on this box’s shaped screen. This box has several minor scratches and dents; however, the flower patterns remain in relatively good condition overall, and you could enjoy the design from any direction. A long time ago, chrysanthemums were used as a medicine for obtaining a long life in the continent, and this flower was brought to Japan with this thought in the Nara period (648-781). The chrysanthemum symbolizes fall, and people have greatly appreciated it very much since ancient times. The chrysanthemum has been likened to the sun as its petals form radially. That is why this flower pattern is treated as the symbol of perpetual youth and longevity or good health.
This Bunko would be fit to store letters, documents, and other small items. You could also display it to enjoy as one of the interior decorations in your room.
*As this item is an antique, please check each photo and ensure its condition.
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【How to make sure the condition】
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