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Tea caddy ("Natsume"), Yamanaka lacquer ware

Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University

Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University

There is wide praise for Yamanaka tea caddies and other implements for the tea ceremony, many of them decorated lavishly with takamakie (“raised maki-e”), where the design in gold, silver, or mother-of-pearl dust rises above the lacquer surface.

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