“SHIZUKU” is a small Buddhist mortuary tablet / urn with the chamber lacquered inside. This item is used as a Buddhist mortuary urn for enshrining bones and Buddhist mortuary tablet too. I designed it as new Buddhist product for the organization ‘nanaplus’ in the Hikone, Shiga prefecture, that is one of the representative production areas of Japanese Buddhist altars.
The Natural Urushi lacquerwork is coated by Hikone’s artisans, which atelier has been in work for over 100 years. Urushi lacquering is one of the best finishes in Japanese culture. There are standard colors black and red, and special purple colors. Same as traditional Buddhist altars, each one is carefully hand-painted and slowly hardened in the dedicated lacquer drying room to finish. The mass in a crystal glass with high transparency and refractive index, brings profoundness and majesty. And lacquered volume floating in the transparent glass gently wraps the bones and memories.
Black, which is representative of lacquer, is painted in crystal glass chamber. A black and heavy lacquer volume appears to float in the crystal glass mass. The upper part is a famous legume tree called “Wenge” that resembles a senna tree. It is a high-grade wood that is hard and durable with a strong contrast of black and brown.
Along with black, red is the typical color of Japanese lacquerworks. This red scheme has a refreshing and warm appearance.The upper part is a bright pale yellow tree with fine texture called ‘Hiba’ in Japan. It has excellent durability and is often used in temple architecture, traditional Buddhist altars.
Painted with purple colored lacquer. Purple is a noble color and is often used in Buddhist items and events. The upper part is ‘Hiba’, same as red, to create an elegant and gentle appearance.
Materials: Crystal glass, natural Urushi lacquer, natural wood (black: wenge / vermilion: hiba / purple: hiba), silicon
Size: W54 × H90 × D54 mm
Design: Yosuke Inui / 乾 陽亮
Photo: Ayaka Umeda / 梅田彩華
Price: JPY 41,000
Seller and Manufacturing: nanaplus / 柒＋
Shinmachi 39, Hikone, Shiga Pref. JAPAN 522-0085