Urushi Soup Bowl

An expertly crafted lacquerware bowl from the Yamanaka area of Ishikawa prefecture.

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Coated with a fine layer of urushi (Japanese lacquer made from tree sap), this zelkova wooden bowl is made in the Yamanaka lacquerware style that has been passed down since the 16th century. The decorative patterns are created using a woodturning technique called kashokubiki, which is only known by a small number of craftspeople working in the area. The lines are carved onto the surface of the wood using special chisels, then the bowl is coated with a lacquer finish giving it a glossy look and long-lasting protective layer.

Not dishwasher or microwave safe.
Do not soak.
Use a soft sponge to clean then wipe with a dry cloth.
Exposure to direct sunlight and high humidity might cause colour to change.
Stop using it if you notice breaks or cracks.

Size: H7.1 cm x Ø10.7 cm

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One of Japan’s best-known crafts, the history of lacquering dates back to the Jōmon period (14,000 – 300 BCE).

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