Old Zelkova Wood Tea Container With Design of Chrysanthemums in Maki-e上杉満樹
The design of chrysanthemums is executed in high-relief maki-e. Flower petals are accentuated here and there with kirikane and gold dust, coated with scarlet and white urushi lacquer, and polished for a beautiful finish. The interior part of the container is carried out in elegant nashiji (lightly sprinkled gold flakes).
Maki-e Tea Container With Design of Musashino Plain After the SnowfallUesugi Manju
The design of Musashino plain lit by moonlight was carried out in gold maki-e. Shiny rounded pieces of mother-of pearl represent sparkling drops of dew. This piece of lacquerware portrays the delicate beauty of nature.
Maki-e Tea Container With Design of Herons in the ReedUesugi Manju
After applying the undercoat of urushi lacquer on hinoki wood base and covering it with washi paper, the container was coated with black lacquer several times. The design of herons, two by the water in golden grass and one descending, was realistically executed in high-relief maki-e making emphasis on their white feathers.
Black Robuchi With Design of a Willow in Maki-eUesugi Manju
The design of this hearth frame was carried out using the gold hira-makie (flat maki-e) technique. The brunches of the willow are flowing to the four directions at the arrival of spring.
Octagonal Food Box With Design of Phoenix in Maki-eUesugi Manju
Four corners of this box made in Japanese cypress were gently curved. The elegant pattern of a dancing phoenix was executed in high-relief gold maki-e on the shimmering semi-transparent final coat called tamenuri.
Maki-e Tea Container With Design of Musical InstrumentsUesugi Manju
The design of musical instruments executed in relief maki-e let us almost hear the elegant sounds of gagaku, the traditional Japanese court music.
Maki-e Tea Container With Design of Three FlowersUesugi Manju
This Rikyu-style large tea container with design of chrysanthemum, plum and cherry blossoms in relief maki-e on a black background can be used in all seasons just by turning one of the three patterns to the front of the container.