Antique Lacquer Gunbai Plate Set

This set of *5 small but beautiful antique plates in dark chocolate, feature intricately hand-painted gunbai uchiwa (Samurai commander's signal fan - also used for refereeing Sumo matches) motif in burnished bronze and real gold, with swirling tassels in gold.

Originally made to serve traditional tea ceremony sweets, we only wish we knew more about the history of these particular pieces... We do know that samurai frequented formal tea ceremony in an effort to counter-balance the atrocities of war.  

The gunbai design on these plates has been beautifully rendered,  invoking feelings of tradition, history and strength - at the same time presenting as artful and elegant.

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.

The gold patterns radiate when catching the light, which stands as a testimony to the quality of the craftsmanship, given its age.

Like all artisan goods, traditional lacquerware is made to last -  and is the reason these plates are 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. 

Each of these 5 plates, being hand-crafted, are very slightly different. 

*In Japan it is traditional for dining-ware to come in a set of 5 -  not 4 which is considered unlucky. 

Ideal for serving sweets, cookies or senbei (rice crackers) with hot or cold drinks. 



Very good

Estimated age : approximately 100 - 150 years old


Approx. 13.0 cm in diameter across the top, 7.5 cm across bottom

2.0 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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