Asian Tribal Art - Lacquer Bowl, Japan

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Lacquer bowl
Wood, lacquer
5.5 high by 6.25 inches in diameter (14 by 16 cm)
20th century

Bowls like this are called 'crafted lacquer bowls' (tsukuri kanshitsu bacht) in the book Layers of Brilliance by Kendall H. Brown. In his fascinating essay, he explains their evolution from studio tools to distinctive artistic products. This is a very beautiful example of the latter.


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