Shunkei Urushi Matcha Caddy

A shunkei-style lacquerware caddy from Hida-Takayama, Gifu Prefecture.

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The history of lacquer in Japan can be dated to the Jōmon period (approx. 14,000—300 BCE). Shunkei indicates a particular lacquering technique established in 17th century CE in Hida-Takayama, Gifu Prefecture. Hida-shunkei is characterized by its yellow or crimson tinted translucent urushi (the glaze made from sap derived from the Japanese lacquer tree), with individual craftspeople closely guarding the specifics of their own unique formulas. Working only with high quality raw materials, Hida-shunkei items are most often made of hiba wood, hinoki or sawara cypress as well as chestnut wood, which are dried for up to six years before processing. The wooden objects are then lacquered with urushi, built up in successive layers, to enhance their woodgrain, a feature for which shunkei is famous.

Colour changes over time.
Not microwave or dishwasher safe.

Size: Ø6.5 cm x H7 cm

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Lacquerware

Throughout Japan’s history, the culture of urushi has been embraced by different social classes to suit their needs, including the court nobility, samurai, temple monks, shrine priests and merchants; and a wide range of local varieties of lacquerware have developed.

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Lacquerware