Sun and Moon Box »Double Heavens, Colorful Clouds«

Yoshio Okada (b. 1977)

Sun and Moon Box »Double Heavens, Colorful Clouds«

Item number: T-3113
Size: H 2.9" x W 3" x L 3" (7.4 x 7.5 x 7.5 cm)

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Makie gold lacquer

This three-part cubic masterpiece is entitled Double Heavens, Colorful Clouds. The title comes from an old Chinese term, which refers to the moment when the sun and the moon appear at the same time, just before sunset, producing colorful clouds. The phrase can also be used to refer to an auspicious event.

All three parts are made entirely in the kanshitsu dry lacquer technique, using as the base not wood but many layers of lacquer reinforced with hemp cloth. The inside box is enclosed by two lids—one decorated with the sun, the other with the moon. The polished togidashi lacquer surface is covered with a design of clouds, made by sprinkling the lacquer with powders of silver and two tones of gold as well as with red lacquer and inlays of kirigane gold foil. All the inside surfaces are densely covered with nashiji gold flakes.

The box was the winner of the New Artist Promotion Prize at the 36th Annual Traditional Arts of Japan in Kinki Exhibition in 2007. It was also illustrated in the accompanying Catalog for the 36th Annual Traditional Arts of Japan in Kinki Exhibition, 2007.

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