This is a vintage Japanese wooden lacquered tray obon or ozen. It is made of Hida Shunkei. Lacquer ware and hand crafted in Gifu prefecture in the early 1970's. This type of natural lacquer ware has been famous in Japan for centuries. What makes Hida Shunkei lacquer ware so special is the way that the beauty of the surface of the wood is brought out by the application of a transparent coating of lacquer.
It is produced by a special method from raw natural lacquer and used to coat the wood. The technique is still used today in the making of many household items such as trays, boxes of may kinds, as well as tea ceremony items. There are some 95 firms employing over 250 skilled specialists, 31 of which are nationally recognized as Master Craftsmen. It is made of hand crafted cryptomeria wood with over 20 coats of Japanese special natural urushi lacquer.
The walls are made of a single piece of wood bent in four corners then overlapped into a long thin tapper. The overlap is then fixed in place by a single weave of bamboo.Having been in storage for most of the past 40 years and never used, this tray remains like new and is in. This tray measures 18" by 11 1/4" by 1 1/4 tall (46 x 8 x 3.25 cm). Ll love it, I guarantee it......... Shoguns and the Shogun's Gallery in Portland, Oregon of have been in the Japanese antique business for 40 years, and highly value our customers. Satisfaction Guarantee: All items are carefully described and photographed. Most items listed are antiques, and as such may have an expected amount of wear from normal use. We do not sell items with major flaws without mentioning it in the listing. See photos and descriptions for condition. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\Japan\Other Japanese Antiques". The seller is "shoguns" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.