Inlays of shell

As known as Raden in Japanese, a shell, especially mother-of-pearl, inlay technique is commonly used for lacquerware decoration.  It is believed that the raden technique was introduced from Tang dynasty China to Nara period Japan. 

Shells are worn down into several thickness on a whetstone or grinder and cut into shapes, then pasted or inlayed on a wood or lacquered surface, and polished. 

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