Maki-e Unique Collection 2012: Byakko (White Tiger)

Front view

 Front view

No 12: Byakko (White Tiger)

The White Tiger belongs to a pantheon of four auspicious heavenly beasts in Chinese mythology. The other three are the Dragon, the Phoenix and the Xuan Wu.

With wisdom, the ancient sages divided heaven and earth into four cardinal points. The "Wood" element is relegated to the east under the star sign of the Dragon. The "Metal" element belongs in the west, represented by the White Tiger. To the south belongs the "Fire", appropriately associated with the Phoenix, and the element "Water" belongs to the north, represented by Xuan Wu. The arcane art of Feng Shui or geomancy is also based on the cardinal points of the four mystical beasts, where harmony and positive alignment of the elements augur harmony, fortune and health for its occupants.

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 Byakko (White Tiger) took three and a half months to be created.

The Maki-e Unique Collection model "Byakko (White Tiger)" 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.

Kakiwari Maki-e technique

In this most difficult and time-consuming technique, the design is freely drawn by hand onto the fountain pen, requiring the artist’s extraordinary skill. In the premium model of this Unique Collection, the white tiger was drawn with the Kakiwari technique.

Harikiri Maki-e technique

With this technique, gold powder is lavishly sprinkled over a design and carefully removed again with a needle in chosen areas, so that the original painting will glimpse through the gold dust. The bamboo leaves in the background of the white tiger fountain pen have been realized with this technique.


More Details

Artist:Mr. Mushu Yamazaki
Based on model:Souverän M 1000
Nib:18 carat gold, size M
Techniques:Togidashi-Maki-e with Kakiwari and Harikiri technique

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