Artist: Takashi WAKAMIYA
Materials: Natural lacquer, hemp cloth, linen, gold powder, inlays of shell
Size: H40mm x φ68mm
(Original box signed by the artist)
Inspired by the incense burner work by the Japanese metal master Shoami Katsuyoshi, the box top is overlaid by the sophisticated chrysanthemum pattern. Master Wakamiya applied Kanshitsu, a Japanese dry lacquer technique to create the three-dimensional petals. Inside the delicate round box, gold powder and a tiny raden butterfly is inlaid. As said in the Xiushi Lu (髹飾録), the best raden should always be exquisite and detailed as the painting.