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Vintage Japanese Hand Crafted Wood Hida Shunkei Lacquer Obon Serving Tray

Vintage Japanese Hand Crafted Wood Hida Shunkei Lacquer Obon Serving Tray

Regular price $75.00 USD
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This is a vintage Japanese obon tray with the original presentation box. It ismade of Hida Shunkei lacquer ware hand crafted in Gifu prefecture in the early 1970's. This type of natural lacquer ware has been famous in Japan for centuries. What makes Hida Shunkei lacquer ware so special is the way that the beauty of the surface of the wood is brought out by the application of a transparent coating of lacquer. It is produced by a special method from raw natural lacquer and used to coat the wood. The technique is still used today in the making of many household items such as lidded boxes as well as trays and tea ceremony items. At its peak there were some 95 firms employing over 250 skilled specialists, 31 of which are nationally recognized as Master Craftsmen.

It is made of hand crafted cryptomeria wood with over 20 coats of Japanese special natural urushi lacquer. Having been in storage for over 40 years and never used, this obon tray remains like new and is in excellent condition It would have cost over $250 in Tokyo some 40 years ago. This tray measures 16 1/2" long by 10" wide by 1 1/2" tall (42 x 25.5 x 4 cm).

Please note: the bowls seen in the first and last picture are display only and are not included in this listing.

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