The latest maki-e piece to come from Nakaya is an homage to a masterpiece from Japan, the Kite and Crow by Yosa Buson. Yosa Buson was a Japanese poet and painter from the Edo period and painted the Kite and Crow sometime around the 1770′s-1780′s.
The base pen starts out as an ebonite long Cigar and features Yakoh-maki-e over an Aka-Tamenuri base to create the image. Yakoh-maki-e is a lacquer technique which uses black lacquer in subtle relief over a tamenuri or nashiji nuri base. Silver powders are used as a wonderful representation of the thick snow that cover the branches.
The Nakaya Karasu sells for $2,000. Please visit Nakaya.org for more images and to place your order.