Book of Urushi: Japanese Lacquerware from a Master (JAPAN LIBRARY) 単行本 – 2019/3/27
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Urushi, Japanese lacquerware, is perhaps the oldest and most sublime of all the Japanese arts and crafts. Its history goes back more than 7,000 years, and it is still vibrantly alive today. It is practiced by craftsmen working in time-honored techniques and by modern artists forging the future. Valued for its utilitarian durability, urushi developed into an incomparable art, adorning a multitude of objects from luxurious palaces to lavish murals and exquisitely crafted fountain pens. The present book, written more than fifty years ago by the Living National Treasure Matsuda Gonroku, has long been must reading for collectors, researchers, and laypeople. It is the Bible of Urushi, covering every conceivable aspect of the subject. It includes some fifty full-color illustrations of masterpieces honored by history and masterworks by Matsuda himself.
The present edition has been supervised by Murose Kazumi, a disciple of Matsuda's and a Living National Treasure in his own right. His Foreword enables the reader to acquire a broader understanding of the contents of the book and to gain a deeper appreciation of its value and impact on the world of urushi.
Matsuda Gonroku (1896-1986) was born in 1896 into a farming family in Kanazawa, Ishikawa prefecture, an area endowed with a rich tradition in arts and crafts from premodern times. In February 1955 at the age of fifty-nine, he was designated a Living National Treasure by the Japanese government. In September, he took part in the repair of the National Treasure Chūsonji Konjikidō (repair complete in 1967). In April 1967, when he was seventy-one, the Ishikawa Prefectural Wajima Lacquer Technology Research and Training Institute opened, which he had so wholehearted supported, and he served as a lecturer.
When he was ninety, he submitted his flat tea caddy with ivy design to the 3nd Japan Traditional Japanese Lacquer Exhibition. On June 15 of 1986, he passed away from heart failure.