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Colored Lacquerware

色漆 (Iro urushi)

Iro-urushi, literally "color lacquer", was created by adding pigments to clear lacquer. The limits of natural pigments allowed only five colors (red, black, yellow, green and brown) to be used up until the 19th century, when various innovations appeared, along with the later introduction of Western artificial pigments. Shibata Zeshin was a major innovator in this field, using not only color but also other substances mixed in with his lacquer to achieve a wide variety of effects, including the simulated appearance of precious metals, which were heavily restricted from artistic use at the time due to government concerns over excessive extravagance. See "Japanese Lacquerware". Wikipedia. Retrieved 2014-12-12.

Used Japanese 3" INDEN Lacquered Deerskin Leather Coin Purse - Hato Hasi Snap
Japanese Ohitsu: Rice Serving Bowl w/ serving spoon (Made In Japan)

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