Maki-e Unique Collection 2012: September Morning in Japan

Front view

 Front view

No 7: September Morning in Japan

This Maki-e drawing depicts a Japanese landscape in September. It shows a group of sparrows flying over a rice field, enjoying a rich harvest and collecting tiny grains of rice. Note the delicate touch of the brush that shows each individual feather.

In general, the artist works about two to three hours a day on one particular pen. If you include the waiting time to allow the Urushi lacquer to dry, the Maki-e fountain pen September Morning in Japan took two months to be created.

The Maki-e Unique Collection model "September Morning in Japan" was created using a combination of the following Maki-e techniques:

The Togidashi-Maki-e technique

In this technique, the rare Japanese lacquer Urushi is applied in a multitude of layers which are polished many times. The design is drawn first with tracing paper and then with colored lacquer onto the surface of the fountain pen. It is then sprinkled with a multitude of lacquer-layers or gold and silver dust.

The Taka Maki-e technique

The artist mixes charcoal powder or gold powder into the lacquer, so that the pattern of the design is raised above the surface and a three-dimensional effect is created: If your thumb glides over the surface, you will feel the difference.

 

More Details

Artist:Mr. Mushu Yamazaki
Based on model:Souverän M 1000
Nib:18 carat gold, size M
Techniques:Togidashi-Taka-Maki-e

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