tray

tray

about 1975-85
Artist
Itaya Koji, Japan, 1925 - 2006
Country
Japan
tray
lacquer and mother-of pearl on wood
Florence and Ralph Burgess Trust
2012.268
Itaya Koji (Japan). tray. about 1975-85. lacquer and mother-of pearl on wood. Florence and Ralph Burgess Trust. 2012.268.
Dimensions
height: 24 7/8 in, 63.1825 cm; width: 30.75 in, 78.1050 cm; depth: 3.25 in, 8.2550 cm
Inscription
Koji
Department
Asian
Collection
Asian
Plaque with Persian Cat and Bumblebee by Itaya Koji, (b. 1925) Japan, Wajima about 1975-85, Showa period Lacquer and mother-of-pearl on wood Funds from the Florence and Ralph Burgess Trust 2012.268 Itaya Koji was born in Wajima, a major lacquer-making center. He specialized in engraved lacquer (chinkin), a technique that involved etching very fine lines on a mirror-black ground and filling the engraved lines with gold or silver. He used this painstaking technique to capture the texture of cat fur and to create a sense of lifelike volume. On this plaque, gold and mother-of-pearl inlay (raden) were used to depict the cat's eyes, claws, and the bumblebee.
Known Provenance
At least 2011-2012, Kaigedo Japanese Art, Seattle WA, acquired at auction in Japan; 2012, DAM collection, museum purchase.

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