Incense case of "plum blossoms in arabesque" is decorated with 'makie' and 'raden'.
Plum blossoms is one of the "Three friends of winter” which is an art motif in China, Korea and Japan. The other elements are pine and bamboo.
Plum blossoms bloom first after the winter ends and Japanese people think plum blossoms as the symbol of the spring coming.
'Makie' and 'raden' are Japanese traditional techniques of decorating lacquerware with powders of gold and small pieces of shells.
Gold and shells shine beautifully especially in sunlight.
Hakucho is a superb makie artist.
she began to learn makie from her father, 'Ikkei' who is a makie master craftsman of tortoiseshell.
She creates various new designs using makie technique.