A very fine Musozutsu style pipecase depicting five maple leaves against a roiro ground by Hashi-ichi. Each leaf is rendered using a technique called Namaha-suri-nuri, which refers to the process of creating a print from a real leaf. The leaf is first lacquered, then applied to the surface and left to cure. After several days the leaf is carefully removed, and the design embellished with additional colour and detail. When a maple leaf is used, the technique is known as Momiji-Maki-e.
Hashimoto Ichizo (Hashi-ichi) 1817–1882
Hashimoto Ichizo was an eccentric of the highest order, holding his own funeral whilst still alive and afterwards referring to himself as the second Hashi-ichi.
I’d like to thank Clive Hallam who discussed this technique in great detail with me and even created several examples of Namaha-suri-nuri as study pieces.
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