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Title

Lotus leaf

2006

Artist

Unryûan Kitamura Tatsuo

Japan

1952 –

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  • 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
    Copyright
    © UNRYÛAN Kitamura Tatsuo
    Artist information
    Unryûan Kitamura Tatsuo

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  • 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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 4 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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