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The Charm of Kyoto Lacquer ware

Wenyuan Deng

Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University

Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University
Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto lacquer ware, which is widely considered relatively expensive, features a thicker layer of lacquer due to the absence of an undercoat of rice glue, making it highly durable. The wood is thin to ensure that the finished product is also thin, even with multiple layers of lacquer—yet the end product is undeniably solid. The lacquer is mixed together with the jinoko and tonoko clay-powder fillings from the Yamashina area and applied to the wood repeatedly to create the base coat. This most primary process is performed with great precision, yielding a sturdy product that only becomes more and more beautiful with use.

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  • Title: The Charm of Kyoto Lacquer ware
  • Creator: Photo by Mori Yoshiyuki
  • Rights: © Zohiko

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