Chinkin is a decorative technique that involves carving into the lacquered surface of urushiware and filling these grooves with gold leaf or powder. A round-tipped chisel is the standard tool and is used for carving lines and grooves but other special chisels are also used for different particular tasks such as carving shallow wider areas or gouging out deeper grooves in the surface.


  • Title: Chinkin
  • Location: JAPAN
  • Type: Lacquerware
  • Medium: Lacquer

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