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A hand-turned lathe from the feudal age, Yamanaka lacquer ware

Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University

Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University

At the end of the Edo period, master woodworker Heibei Minoya introduced sensuji-hiki (“thousand-stripe engraving”) and other innovations, and in the early Meiji period Ryōtarō Tsuiki (b. 1874) developed patterns such as kesuji (“hair-line stripes”) and inahosuji (rice-ear-like stripes), establishing artistic techniques still in use today.

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