Dangling Cherry Blossoms
Artist: Takashi WAKAMIYA
Materials: Natural lacquer, wood, gold powder, inlays of shell
Size: H70mm x φ70mm
Enamel is often seen in decorative porcelain. It is colored with gold which makes the enamel a relatively expensive material, also known as Xihong or rose red.
There are more than 600 species of cherry blossoms in Japan, and the dangling cherry is recognized by the Japanese as the most beautiful one. It is known for its longevity and usually can live up to 300 years.
The name comes from their appearance. The tree branches hang like the waterfall, and the flowers swing as ladies’ earrings. During blossom season, the pink flowers flourish along the branches. The long branches fall from the sky and flutter in the breeze. The charming moment is captured as shown in this piece.