茶の湯 in サンフランシスコ ・ Japanese Tea Ceremony を San Franciscoで

表千家四方社中の茶の湯ブログ Japanese Tea Ceremony Blog for Shikata Shachu – Omotesenke

掻合塗・Kaki’awasenuri

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掻合塗遠山蒔絵香合
Kaki’awasenuri To’uyama makie ko’ugo’u

この香合はお友達からいただいた物です。裏千家先代お家元がサンフランシスコへお越しの際の引き出物だそうです。遠くに見える山を描写した蒔絵が施してあります。それは玄々斎好仁寿香合の写しだそうです。欅(けやき)で作られ、掻合塗で仕上げられています。

This ko’ugo’u was a gift from a friend.  It was a party favor when the previous Urasenke Grand Master visited San Francisco.  The lacquer painting depicts a view of mountains at a distance (遠山; to’uyama).  The design is a copy of “Ninju Ko’ugo’u” that was a favorite of Gengen-sa’i’s (11th Grand Master of Urasenke).  It is made with wood called keyaki (Japanese zelkova), and is finished with a lacquer technique called “kaki’awasenuri.”

掻合塗は素地に下地を厚く塗らないで柿渋を下地として塗ります。その上に半透明や黒の透漆による上塗りを一回だけします。欅や栗など木目の はっきりした材の自然な趣を生かす技法です。

Rather than applying a thick layer of lacquer, “kakishibu” (juice of premature persimmons rich in tannin) is applied to the base wood.  Then only one layer of translucent or black lacquer is applied.  It is a technique to take advantage of materials, such as keyaki (Japanese zelkova) or kuri (chestnut), that have natural wood grains.

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