Japan’s representative lacquer artist, a bearer of Important Intangible Cultural Heritage (designated in 1955), a recipient of the Order of Cultural Merit (1976). Born on April 20th, 1896, in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture.After graduating from Tokyo Fine Arts School (present Tokyo NationalUniversity of Fine Arts ), Matsuda Gonroku made a brilliant figurein his youth and dealt with a lot of work such as interior decoration of a passenger ship or Emperor’s room of the National Diet Building.

Japan’s representative lacquer artist, a bearer of Important Intangible Cultural Heritage (designated in 1955), a recipient of the Order of Cultural Merit (1976). Born on April 20th, 1896, in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture.After graduating from Tokyo Fine Arts School (present Tokyo NationalUniversity of Fine Arts ), Matsuda Gonroku made a brilliant figurein his youth and dealt with a lot of work such as interior decoration of a passenger ship or Emperor’s room of the National Diet Building.

*Pair of stirrups, late 16th–early 17th century Japan. Iron, lacquer, and mother-of-pearl.

*Pair of stirrups, late 16th–early 17th century Japan. Iron, lacquer, and mother-of-pearl.

National Living Treasure of Japan as a maki-e lacquer artist, Shogyo OBA (1916~2012) at work. 大場松魚(人間国宝)

National Living Treasure of Japan as a maki-e lacquer artist, Shogyo OBA (1916~2012) at work. 大場松魚(人間国宝)

Case (Inrô) with Design of Seated Courtier Drinking Sake and a Young Woman with Maple Leaves  Kajikawa Katsuhira   Artist: Hagiya Katsuhira Period: Edo period (1615–1868) Date: late 18th–19th century Culture: Japan Medium: Nashiji (pear-skin) lacquer decorated with togidashi sprinkled and polished lacquer and metal inlay;

Case (Inrô) with Design of Seated Courtier Drinking Sake and a Young Woman with Maple Leaves Kajikawa Katsuhira Artist: Hagiya Katsuhira Period: Edo period (1615–1868) Date: late 18th–19th century Culture: Japan Medium: Nashiji (pear-skin) lacquer decorated with togidashi sprinkled and polished lacquer and metal inlay;

Matsuda  Gonroku  Master of Lacquer Art and Living National Treasure

Matsuda Gonroku Master of Lacquer Art and Living National Treasure

Case (Inrô) with Design of Six Immortal Poets  Kajikawa School   Period: Edo period (1615–1868) Date: 19th century Culture: Japan Medium: Gold and silver maki-e with black and red lacquer relief and mother-of-pearl inlay;

Case (Inrô) with Design of Six Immortal Poets Kajikawa School Period: Edo period (1615–1868) Date: 19th century Culture: Japan Medium: Gold and silver maki-e with black and red lacquer relief and mother-of-pearl inlay;

Matsuda  Gonroku  Master of Lacquer Art and Living National Treasure

Matsuda Gonroku Master of Lacquer Art and Living National Treasure

Case (Inrô) in the Shape of Mount Fuji, with Design of Ferryboat and Figures  Based on a design by Hanabusa Itchô  (Japanese, 1652–1724)  Artist: Inro by Kajikawa School Period: Edo period (1615–1868) Date: probably 19th century Culture: Japan Medium: Lacquer with nashiji background; ojime made of agate

Case (Inrô) in the Shape of Mount Fuji, with Design of Ferryboat and Figures Based on a design by Hanabusa Itchô (Japanese, 1652–1724) Artist: Inro by Kajikawa School Period: Edo period (1615–1868) Date: probably 19th century Culture: Japan Medium: Lacquer with nashiji background; ojime made of agate

Matsuda  Gonroku  Master of Lacquer Art and Living National Treasure

Matsuda Gonroku Master of Lacquer Art and Living National Treasure

Lacquer inro with hawks perched on pine trees by Joyusai, 1850s, Japan

Lacquer inro with hawks perched on pine trees by Joyusai, 1850s, Japan

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