Maki-e Fuji & Cranes

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Fuji & Cranes

Painting Japan’s venerated symbols of Mount Fuji and cranes, Pelikan’s “Mount Fuji and Cranes” Maki-e Fountain Pen marries 174 years of exquisite Pelikan German craftsmanship with the revered Japanese traditional Maki-e techniques.

A renowned Maki-e Master paints three cranes – cherished symbols of long life and good luck – flying elegantly along Japan’s sacred Mount Fuji with delicate hazy clouds and cherry blossoms serving as the background.

Using the Maki-e technique, which used to be reserved exclusively for Japanese Royals as an indication of their power, the Master hand paints each Pelikan logo on the pen’s crown and the pen’s limited edition number as well as his signature on the barrel.

Maki-e is the art of Japanese lacquer painting and is renowned for its beauty and artistry. The word Maki-e literally translates as “sprinkled picture” because the design is sprinkled with gold or silver powder, using a makizutsu or a Kebo brush.

The Maki-e technique is deeply etched in Japanese history since the Heian Period (794-1185) with it blossoming in the Edo Period (1603-1868).

For the process, the rare Japanese lacquer Urushi is used in a multitude of layers which are polished many times. The design is drawn with colored lacquer onto the surface. It is then sprinkled with a multitude of lacquer-layers. This is called the Togidashi-Maki-e technique.

In addition, the artist can mix charcoal powder and gold powder into the lacquer, so that the pattern of the design is raised above the surface: If your thumb glides over the surface, you will feel the difference. This is called the Taka-Maki-e technique.

For the Pelikan fountain pen model “Mount Fuji and Cranes”, the Maki-e artist has harmoniously blended both techniques.

The fountain pen Maki-e Fuji & Cranes was so popular that it was sold out within three weeks at Pelikan.


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