Maki-e Mubyo & Takara-zukushi

Maki-e Mubyo & Takara-zukushi - Set

 Maki-e Mubyo & Takara-zukushi - Set
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Mubyo & Takara-zukushi

In this set, two basic human cravings have been symbolized – health, called Mubyo in Japanese, and wealth, which translates as Takara-zukushi.

On the “Mubyo” fountain pen, six gourds (special bowls) are depicted. According to Japanese legend, God lives in a large gourd. For this reason, it is highly valued as a charm. A combination of six gourds in Japanese is pronounced as “Mubyo” which means absence of sickness. Therefore these six gourds are cherished items believed to be able to bestow a long and healthy life.

On the “Takara-zukushi” model, several figures are shown. They all symbolize wealth and are drawn in the traditional Japanese Kissho design, which is said to bring good fortune.

Nyoi-hoju: This precious globe realizes one’s wishes

Hoh-yaku: The key to the treasury

Uchide-no-Kuzuchi: The magic hammer that grants whatever one has wished for

Choji: The tropical evergreen tree supplies herbal medicine and spices

In addition to the above symbols, Tachibana (a mandarin orange), Tabane-noshi (a bundle of tokens attached to a gift), Fundo (a traditional balance to measure weight), Kinchaku (a fabric pouch) and Makimono (a roll of document) are drawn. These symbols are believed to bring good fortune and are also used as designs in traditional Japanese clothing and the sash.

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. 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 models “Mubyo” and “Takara-zukushi”, the Maki-e artist has harmoniously blended both techniques. Pelikan “Mubyo” and “Takara-zukushi” are a set of two fountain pens, created in the historical Japanese region Kaga, which is famous for traditional Japanese arts.

In 1929, Pelikan registered the patent for the piston mechanism, a new fountain pen filling system. This technique, refined and updated, is still used today. The Pelikan models “Mubyo” and “Takara-zukushi” are masterpieces with finely-chased 18 carat gold nibs accentuated with a rhodium décor. The Pelikan logo on the crown, limited edition number and artist’s signature are drawn in by hand with the Maki-e technique.

With the honed experience of decades and excellent craftsmanship, the impressive fountain pen model Souveraen 1000 is produced in Germany and then decorated in Japan, thus creating a perfectly crafted product that is more than the sum of each part... a little bit of magic has slipped into it...

The fountain pen is encased in a traditional Japanese gift box which is made of Paulownia wood.

The “Mubyo” & “Takara-zukushi” set, first released in the year 2002, was available in a limited edition of only 60 sets worldwide and is now sold out at Pelikan.


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