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Exquisite Kawatsura Lacquer Sake set by Sato Fumiyuki
sold, with thanks!
Perhaps because of its proximity (or lack thereof) to central Japan, the beautiful lacquer wares of Akita may be lesser known than other regions. Here is an exquisite sake cup and katakuchi serer of turned wood covered in multiple layers of soft, black lacquer by Sato Fumiyuki of the Kawatsura lacquer tradition. A belt of gilded binding wrapping the body is the only decoration. This lack of distraction, in fact, accentuates the form and allows us to focus on the pure elegance of the lacquer itself. This sake set, initially matte in affect, will attain a soft sheen with use over the years.
Kawatsura has an 800 year history of consistent lacquer production, although burial mounds and excavations of Jomon artifacts have yielded lacquer ware thousands of years old in the area. Kawatsura lacquerware is characterized by its durable practicality due to its smoke-drying, thick wood, and robust foundation. Sato Fumiyuki is a third generation lacquer artist very proud of his trade and the intense processes which give birth to the beautiful objects he creates. He has been designated a Dento Kogeishi Traditional Craftsman by the Japan Kogei Association.
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