Tsuitate Screen with Design of Golden Fox
Itaya Kōji, Japanese, 1925 - 2006
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The 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.