Bunko (box) in Japanese Tamenuri urushi lacquer with a gold maki-e and mother-of-pearl floral decor


Superb large, heavy rectangular bunko box of contemporary Japanese craftsmanship in tame-nuri lacquer on which a spectacular floral and wild herb decoration has been applied using the maki-e (gold powder) technique and inlaid with mother-of-pearl. 

Traditionally in Japan, bunko are boxes in which documents are kept, but they can have many uses and are highly decorative objects. 

The tame-nuri lacquer technique is one of the oldest in Japan. It consists of applying a transparent urushi lacquer (suki-urushi) on top of the layers of black (or red, as the case may be) urushi lacquer, which adds depth to the lacquer and becomes even deeper over time, making the objects increasingly beautiful.

This box is large (34 x 27 x 6cm), has a special surface on the outside bottom so that it can be displayed without getting damaged, and comes in a protective cardboard box.

A precious work for yourself or to a lover of Japanese culture, who will surely appreciate the delicacy of this work

This object is one-of-a-kind.


(lacquered box) Length 34cm x Width 27cm x Height 6cm

WEIGHT (total) 1622gr
COMPOSITION Wood, urushi lacquer

The traditional Japanese lacquer, urushi, is made from the sap of the lacquer tree (Rhus Verniciflua), which flows out after incision of the bark. It is a very precious material, a tree will only give a maximum of 200ml of sap in its life, which is worked by craftsmen each specialized in a particular stage. It takes many slow and meticulous operations to give life to lacquered objects. It is the oldest craft in Japan! Initially used to protect and waterproof objects, this immutable craft has become an art of extreme sophistication. If you want to know more about the art of Japanese lacquerware, you can read our dedicated article here.

This object keeps in memory the hand of the craftsman who designed it with patience. It will accompany your daily life, bringing its delicate and refined beauty, while contributing to the preservation of unique craftsmanship.

CARE INSTRUCTIONS Clean with a very soft cloth to avoid scratches, soaked with a little warm water if necessary (never soak your lacquered objects). No microwave, dishwasher, dryer. Do not expose to direct sunlight for a long time (risk of discoloration). If the atmosphere is very dry and very hot, and to avoid the risk of cracking, you can place a glass filled with water next to your lacquered object.

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