This pen is a remarkable work of art and definitely a must own Maki-e enthusiasts! The artist, Mr. Koichiro Okazaki or Kogaku-san, paints freehand without any outline of design or silkscreen process. While 90 percent of currently produced make-e artwork utilizes man-made urushi lacquer, Kogaku-san uses only 100 percent natural urushi lacquer, collected by hand from urushi trees.
The Soka Monyo (Floral Design) is new and unused, entirely complete with even the outer black cardboard box and grey carton box (not pictured). Only 25 were made for the world and this is #16/25. It comes with a Medium nib. Please buy with confidence, our pictures represent the actual product for sale.
The Floral Design showcases a wide range of many different methods of Maki-e art and techniques used on this bold and striking work. Tsukegaki technique (fine raised lines of lacquer, dusted with gold powder, mostly used for wave patterns), togidashi maki-e (a labor-intensive technique that results in a design completely flush with the surface, utilizing the repetition of paintings, powder sprinkling, and burnishing), taka maki-e (many thin layers of genuine urushi lacquer, with sabi, charcoal or tin powders applied over one another to create slightly raised portions), kakiwari technique (the design is left in reverse in order to reveal the underlying layer of lacquer, particularly useful for fine details such as the veining of a leaf), hira maki-e (design is drawn onto the urushi surface and, using powder sprinkling tools such as cotton, crane quills and bamboo in various sizes gold powder is sprinkled over the lacquer. The design is polished once the urushi has hardened), and shishiai maki-e (the mixed use of taka and togidashi methods).
The sakura is a well-known symbol of Japan and is the unofficial national flower. The cherry blossoms are a lasting symbol for the brief nature of life, and as such are frequently depicted in art. The cherry blossoms symbolize of a bright future. Also, their delicacy suggests purity, transience, melancholy, and it also has poetic appeal.