Unryûan Kitamura Tatsuo

(Japan 1952 – )

Lotus leaf

Location
Not on display
Further information

One of Japan’s leading contemporary lacquer artists, Unryūan works in the tradition of the Koami family who served the Tokugawa shogunate in the Edo period (1615–1868). His work combines traditional lacquer techniques with a contemporary aesthetic.

Lotus leaf was inspired by the monumental bronze lotus leaves that accompany the 8th-century sculpture of the Great Buddha in Nara, Japan. The crystal drops on Unryūan’s leaf evoke dew, while the tiny gold flakes scattered around its base suggest the reflection of sunlight. The artist has masterfully employed the dry lacquer technique ('kanshitsu') to create the leafbefore applying white, yellow and green lacquer in the 'kawarinuri' technique on the dry lacquer body.

Place of origin
Japan
Year
2006
Media
Lacquerware
Medium
'kanshitsu' (dry lacquer), gold, green and yellow lacquer and gold on wood, quartz crystal drops
Dimensions
18.0 x 62.7 cm
Credit
Gift of Lesley Kehoe Galleries 2009
Accession number
256.2009