Hon Negoro Vanitas



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Hon Negoro Vanitas

This is a wooden skull on which I have executed a "hon-negoro-nuri" hon negoro is term for true or original negoro. The monks from the Negoro Tempel had a lot of work lacquering all products used in daily and religious life with black lacquer and red final lacquer. Through handling over the centuries the red lacquer vanished and released the black under coat partially. The lacquerer didn't work as carefully as today's lacquer artists do. On daily life products the black under coats were not ground flat before the final red coat was applied. This is the reason, that this typical pattern appears