Exhibitions/ Art Object

岡田雄志作 螺鈿蒔絵乾漆盛盆
Footed Tray with Stylized Waves

Okada Yūji (Japanese, born 1948)
Lacquer on cloth with mother-of-pearl inlay and sprinkled gold
H. 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm); W. 23 3/8 in. (59.4 cm); D. 12 1/16 in. (30.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Sue Cassidy Clark, in honor of Barbara Brennan Ford, 2012
Accession Number:
Rights and Reproduction:
© Okada Yūji
Not on view
This four-footed lacquer tray is made by the dry lacquer (kanshitsu) technique, in which layers of lacquer are applied one by one over cloth surfaces, with each layer allowed to dry completely before the application of the next layer. It is decorated with the raised “sprinkled-picture” (takamaki-e) and mother-of-pearl inlay (raden) methods. The sprinkled-picture method involves the sprinkling of metallic powered over a lacquer surface to create sparkling surfaces, sometimes with recognizable images. The result here is a beautiful rippling wave effect lapping over a smooth gold ground of polished gold (kinji) with raised golden circles like shifting sand upon a glistening, moist seashore. The underside of the bowl is decorated in the pear-ground method (nashiji).

On the underside, the work is signed “Yū” (雄), the first character of the artist’s first name, in the flat sprinkled-picture method (hiramaki-e). The work comes with a box inscribed and signed by the artist. On the upper right of lid of the box is written “mother-of-pearl-inlay sprinkled-picture dry lacquer tray” (raden maki-e kanshitsu moribon 螺鈿蒔絵乾漆盛盆), while the lower left corner of the lid of the box has a red seal reading Okada Yūji (岡田雄志) and the signature “made by Heian Yūji” (平安雄志).
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