12-sided cylinder with thin crisscrossing strips of shell; gold flecks at top center

Tea caddy with stripe motif, 2009

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The living lacquer artist Yamamura Shinya inlaid thin, overlapping strips of turban shell to create a kaleidoscopic stripe motif. To a lesser extent, inlays of mother-of-pearl or abalone shell are common on Japanese lacquer either as an applique (haritsuke), or digging into the substrate to create a hollowed out spot (umekomi). The lid of the tea caddy (natsume) is decorated with a scale-like pattern of gold foil over a nashiji ground, a technique known as gyōbu-hirame. A nashiji ground is found on the inside and bottom, completing the lavish decoration.

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Title
Tea caddy with stripe motif
Artist Life
born 1960
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2013.30.65a,b
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12-sided cylinder with thin crisscrossing strips of shell; gold flecks at top center