✓ 100% Genuine Urushi
✓ Contains the Maki-E Red Seal (Highest Quality of Maki-E Art)
✓ Hand-painted by highly-trained Japanese Artisans
The biwa is a Japanese string instrument that was said to come to Japan in the 1600s and was believed to be inspired by the pipa instrument originating from China. It was common to see biwa played along with narrative storytelling. In Japanese Buddhism, it was said that the biwa was Benten's (goddess of music) chosen instrument; she is commonly illustrated holding a biwa. Below is a picture of a biwa:
About Danitrio Hyotan Fountain Pen Series:
The Hyotan in Japanese means "Gourd" or "Calabash", which is a fruit that can sometimes come in an hourglass shape. This series of pen does come in the hourglass shape; in the US, collectors of Danitrio pens have coined it the Mae West, one of the biggest Hollywood stars in the twentieth century known for her hourglass figure.
This pen is furnished with an 18k Gold, two-toned #6 nib. What has been described by many Danitrio collectors as the fireball nib is an image of “Kaen-Kohai” which is a flame-shaped halo of “Fudo Myoo” (Acala, the God of Fire). This halo is commonly painted on the back of Japanese Buddhist statues.
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|Cap Length||65 mm (2.56")|
|Cap Diameter||21 mm (0.83")|
|Barrel Length||110 mm (4.33")|
|Barrel Diameter||19 mm (0.75")|
|Pen Length (Closed)||147 mm (5.79")|
|Pen Length (Posted)||Cap does not post|
|Net Weight||35.5 g (1.25 oz)|
|Net Weight (w/ink)||37.2 g (1.31 oz)|
About the Artisan:
This pen was hand-painted by Koichiro Okazaki (Kogaku). Born in 1959. He is a renown Maki-E artisan in Japan and considers himself wholeheartedly traditional when it comes to Maki-E. He is recognized by the Japanese Government as a Dento Kogei-shi, which an honorary title meaning "master of traditional crafts" and is given only to a select few artisans who have a significant contribution to their craft. Many of his Maki-E works have been accepted and rewarded at national art exhibitions. He had learned Maki-E from a master and became an independent artisan 5 years later. He was recognized with Kao (authorized monogram) by Kuda Munenori of Sado Omote school in 1991. He performs Maki-E on many traditional accessories, hair pins, combs, jewelry, and fine writing instruments.