Antique Lacquerware Matsu Bowl

This striking black, antique Japanese lacquerware lidded-bowl features etched golden pine branch motifs. In Japanese culture, the pine tree or matsu (松の木, 松) invokes the impression of longevity, virtue, and strength.

To craft traditional lacquerware such as this - hand-carved wood is very finely sanded then brushed with many layers of highest quality lacquer which is buffed and polished at each and every layer.

This illustrative gold treatment, referred to as chinkin, is hand-etched -  the fine patterns radiating when catching the light -  a testament to the quality of the craftsmanship.The bowl's rim is also elegantly edged in gold.

Lacquerware are lightweight and rather heatproof - meaning you can cup them with bare hands when they are filled with hot liquid such as soup. 

Traditional lacquerware like all artisan goods, is made to last -  and is the reason this piece is still so beautiful and functioning today. Of course all antiques show at least minor imperfections from age but it simply adds to their allure! The zen of imperfection. 

The bowl's lid can be used as a shallow footed dish in itself. 

We have two of these lidded bowls as you will see from the images. Each, being hand-crafted are very slightly different. 

These would make a beautiful wedding or anniversary gift if purchased together.

*They are sold separately 



Very good

Estimated age : approximately 100 - 150 years old



Approx. 12.0 cm in diameter across the top, 8.0 cm across bottom

5.5 cm tall


Approx. 11.5 cm in diameter across the top, 7.0 cm across bottom

3.5 cm tall


Handle carefully. Do not put in the dishwasher. 

Hand wash in warm, mildly soapy water with a soft cloth.

Do not scrub. Do not put in the dishwasher as the wood may warp.

**Price includes shipping in Australia

*International shipping available  



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