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Title

Lotus leaf

2006


Artist

UNRYÛAN Kitamura Tatsuo

Japan

1952 -


About

Working in the tradition of the Koami family, who served the Tokugawa Shogunate in the Edo period, Unryūan’s works preserve on the one hand sophisticated traditional lacquer techniques but are on the other hand imbued with a contemporary sense of aesthetics. He is considered as one of Japan’s leading contemporary lacquer artists.

Inspired by the gilt bronze lotus leaves adorning the sculpture of the Great Buddha in Nara, Unryūan applied masterfully the dry lacquer technique ('kanshitsu') to create this impressive lotus leaf whose plasticity is rendered in an extremely realistic manner. White, yellow and green lacquer are applied in the 'kawarinuri' technique on the dry lacquer body, while tiny gold flakes are scattered around the bottom of the leaf to suggest the reflection of sunlight on dew drops. Two quartz crystal drops that can be placed at will on the leaf evocating water drops heighten the realistic effect.

Asian Art Department, AGSNW, June 2009.


Details


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

2006


Media category

Lacquerware


Materials used

'kanshitsu' (dry lacquer), gold, green and yellow lacquer and gold on wood, quartz crystal drops


Dimensions

18.0 x 62.7 cm


Credit

Gift of Lesley Kehoe Galleries 2009


Location

Not on display


Accession number

256.2009


Artist information

UNRYÛAN Kitamura Tatsuo

Works in the collection

3


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales annual report 2008–09, Sydney, 2009, 25 (colour illus.).