This tiny but mighty round covered box combines two key techniques: moriage (heaped enamel) and uchidashi (hammered out). This piece vividly shows how these two techniques can work together to create a wonderfully raised effect. Enamel artists faced the challenge of creating raised or designs in relief to help add another dimension to their work. In other words, what was the most efficient way to create areas where the enamel or design was in raised or in relief.Perhaps the most straight forward method was to "pound or hammer out" (uchidashi) the design from the foundation and then apply enamel on the raised area. The other, more arduous technique was moriage, where the artist "heaped on" the enamel and over several successive firings, raising the enamel level to the desired height. This wonderful box clearly shows the technical skills that are necessary for both moriage and uchidashi technique to raise the enamel level on the work. The specific area of the uchidashi shippo (hammered out) technique was applied to the centers of the three flowers, creating a wonderful floral relief. The outlines of the petals are also hammered out, allowing accentutation of the enameled petals.
To find such a strong example in pristine condition that combines the moriage and uchidashi technique is truly exciting especially when it is made by the innovative Ando workshop. The diameter of the circular box is approximately 2.75 inches. The height of the covered box is approximately 1.25 inches. Due to the fragile nature of cloisonné enamels, this box will be double boxed and packed with tremendous care.
This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\Japan\Boxes". The seller is "gyassociates" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States.