East Asian Art
Tsuitate Screen with Design of Golden FoxMade in Wajima, Japan, Asia
Shöwa Period (1926-1989), c. 1950s
Itaya Kōji, Japanese, 1925 - 2006
Lacquer on wood with chinkin (incised gold), gold leaf, and inlay of raden (shell); single-panel screen
Currently not on view
2006-31-1Gift of Frederick R. McBrien III, 2006
LabelThe artist Itaya Kōji specialized in the chinkin (incised gold) technique, which involves carving a design on the lacquer surface and then filling it with gold leaf. It is particularly difficult and exacting. Even a small bowl with this type of decoration can take as long as three months to produce, because every step in the process is done by hand and the lacquer must be allowed to dry thoroughly between each application of the multiple layers.