Sarasa is a design that was imported into Japan during the Muromachi or Edo period. The design on the pen is Kitori‑Sarasa includes Hooh (phoenix), Kujaku (Peacock) and Hana Karakkusa (flower arabesque pattern).
The Black Background uses sprinkled gold powder to cover the base; sprinkled gold powder, gold foil and Urushi are used to fill in the surface, by the Togidashi method.
The design is made with Gold Taka Maki‑e, surface paintings, Raden, sprinkled gold powder, many different colored Urushi, Togidashi, Gold Maki‑e and bright colored Maki‑e.
This design is extremely detailed. The artist, Mayumi (whose real name is Mayumi Kumano).