Fuki-Urushi Box

Artist: Tadami Iwamoto
32,000 yen ($300.53 USD)

Urushi craftsman Tadami Iwamoto carves each of his vessels and utensils without the use of a lathe, using only small tools to hollow out and shape each piece. The process is time consuming and limits the quantity of his output but results in forms that are organic and textured.

Iwamoto finished this hand-carved 2 tier box using the technique of fuki-urushi which involves repeatedly applying and wiping off the lacquer allowing the natural beauty of the wood grain to show through a thin lacquer coat. Each level of the box sits loosely atop the level below and is not designed to be tight fitting.


  • Dimensions: W 17.5cm x D 9cm x H 11cm
  • Weight: 381g
  • Product No: TI-0-4
  • Made in Japan