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Maki-e: The art and artistry of Murose Kazumi

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101-104 Piccadilly

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W1J 7JT

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The word 'lacquer' to the British ear is rarely associated with art. In fact, it is often seen as an industrial product, or a mere coating for an object. Japanese urushi lacquerware is however, truly an art form first and foremost.

This exhibition displays the originality and beauty of urushi lacquerware, exquisitely decorated with maki-e, through the art of revered artist Murose Kazumi. Murose has been appointed as a ‘Living National Treasure’ by the Japanese Government in recognition of his valuable contribution to urushi culture, art and preservation.

Urushi lacquer is made from the sap of the urushi tree, which is native to East and South-East Asia. The sap is pivotal in giving this unique lacquer its distinguishing characteristics of a robust coating, adhesive strength and an elegant finish. In Japan, the use of this sap as a coating dates back over 7,000 years and urushi culture continues to evolve in the country.
Maki-e is the decorative technique of creating a design on the surface of the lacquer. Before the lacquer has hardened, gold, silver or metallic powder is sprinkled on to the piece to create a pattern.

These two techniques take centre stage in this exhibition of the sublime works by Murose Kazumi.

Open weekdays 9:30 - 17:30, closed weekends

Admission is free, but photo ID is necessary to gain entry to the Embassy

The Embassy of Japan 101-104 Piccadilly, London W1J 7JT

with thanks to Murose Kazumi and Toshiba

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