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A Group of Five Lacquer Maker’s Shelves

Written on April 25, 2011

This group of five, narrow wooden boards served a lacquer artisan in his studio.  On their surface, you can see the traces of the bowls that were lacquered red and black–and some yellow–that were set to dry on these boards.
The marks left by the artisan’s hand made bowls is just beautiful–and like in boro textiles, their beauty is borne of unintentional action by the maker–and is seen by the keen eyes of those who appreciate this form of artistry.Each shelf measures 36″ x 4″, or .9 meter x 10 cm.Beautiful.  The probably date to the early to mid part of the twentieth century.

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  1. Comment by Eva:

    being free from intentions — that is Zen

    April 25, 2011 @ 11:44 am

  2. Comment by velma Bolyard:

    beautiful. traces.

    April 25, 2011 @ 5:28 pm