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Maki-e lacquered pen

This technique is the most used technique in Japanese lacquer decoration. The maki-e is often combined with other techniques.
Those maybe be the raden, in which a nacreous layer of shellfish is embedded or pasted in lacquer, zōgan in which metal or ivory is embedded in lacquer, and chinkin in which gold leaf or gold powder is embedded in a hollow where lacquer has been shaved.



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