Danitrio Aoinoue Maki-E on Mikado Fountain Pen

SKU: MK-26

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 100% Genuine Urushi

 Contains the Maki-E Red Seal (Highest Quality of Maki-E Art)

 Hand-painted by highly-trained Japanese Artisans

This pen was inspired by the noh play called Aoinoue of which the story is derived from The Tale of Genji. In the story, Prince Genji marries Lady Aoi at a young age but ends up getting involved with a mistress named Lady Rokujo. Lady Rokujo was once married to Prince Zembo and was originally set to be next in line to become empress but with her husband's death, she could no longer become an empress; this consumed her as she was hungry for power and saw that she may be able to reclaim power by getting into a relationship with Prince Genji. She becomes very envious of Lady Aoi and is enraged when she finds that Aoi is pregnant. Lady Rokujo jealousy results in her living spirit possessing Lady Aoi's body and killing her. A female shaman (miko) discoveries the truth when performing exorcism on Lady Aoi's body.

The clothes and the flame are made from taka maki-e. The illustrations on the section are made from hira maki-e.

This design uses charcoal powders to raise the design on Kimono, Obi and the Fire.

About the Japanese Noh Plays:

The Noh play is the oldest of the Japanese traditional theater forms conceived in the early 14th century. Its name comes from from nō, which means talent or skill. The plays are inspired by tales from traditional literature typically involving the supernatural being transformed into a human. Actors will wear traditional costumes, carry props, and dance while singing through the Noh masks that are worn over their face to potray the emotions of the character. Common characters found on the Noh masks may include women, children, elderly, and ghosts. Even the masks itself is carefully hand-crafted to properly portray the character and allow for optimal accoustics when the actor sings into it.

About Danitrio Mikado Fountain Pen Series:

The Mikado is a Danitrio series. Mikado means "Emperor" in Japanese.

 Nib Details:

This pen is furnished with an 18k Gold, two-toned #8 nib.  An UrushiPen.com representative will contact you to confirm nib tip size preference (fine, medium, broad, or stub) following the placement of the order.

 Technical Specification:

Cap Length 73 mm (2.87")
Cap Diameter 20 mm (0.79")
Barrel Length 140 mm (5.51")
Barrel Diameter 19 mm (0.75")
Pen Length (Closed) 163 mm (6.42")
Pen Length (Posted) Cap does not post
Net Weight 42.5 g (1.25 oz)
Net Weight (w/ink full) 50 g (1.3 oz)
Filling System Eye Dropper

 About the Artisan:

Danitrio Mayumi Kumano

This pen was hand-painted by Mayumi Kumano (Mayumi). Born in 1965. She is an established maki-e artisan who learned maki-e from her father, Sadahisa Kumanoin Wajima. Many of her maki-e works have been accepted and rewarded at national art exhibitions.