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Title

Lotus leaf

2006


Artist

Unryûan Kitamura Tatsuo

Japan

1952 -


About

One of Japan’s leading contemporary lacquer artists, Unryūan works in the tradition of the Koami family who served the Tokugawa shogunate in the Edo period (1615–1868). His work combines traditional lacquer techniques with a contemporary aesthetic.

Lotus leaf was inspired by the monumental bronze lotus leaves that accompany the 8th-century sculpture of the Great Buddha in Nara, Japan. The crystal drops on Unryūan’s leaf evoke dew, while the tiny gold flakes scattered around its base suggest the reflection of sunlight. The artist has masterfully employed the dry lacquer technique ('kanshitsu') to create the leafbefore applying white, yellow and green lacquer in the 'kawarinuri' technique on the dry lacquer body.


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 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


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