✓ 100% Genuine Urushi
✓ Contains the Maki-E Red Seal (Highest Quality of Maki-E Art)
✓ Hand-painted by highly-trained Japanese Artisans
This pen is inspired by a Noh Play called Dōjōji. Dojoji is the name of a temple located in the Kii Province (now Wakayama Prefecture). The story is about the Dojoji where for many years had no bell (though it once had one). One auspicious day, the abbot of the temple decided that he would like to have a bell raised but strangely insisted that the servants make sure to not allow any women on the temple grounds while the bell was put up. The servants disobeyed and were captivated by a female dancer that was performing near the gate who convinced them to let her access the bell. She continues dancing toward the bell and as soon as she was right underneath the bell, the bell came crashing down over her.
The servants were stunned by the event and immediately notified the abbot who then reprimanded them and told them of a story of a girl name Kiyohime that was obsessed with a monk. The monk did not love her and knew the only way to get away from her was to sneak away. He ended up running to a bell that was at the Dojoji and hiding underneath it. Kiyohime was infuriated when the monk rejected her proposal for marriage and chased after him. By the time she made it to the Dojoji temple, she had transformed into a large serpent and wrapped her serpent body around the bell so tightly that it became so hot that the monk burned to death.
The servants were alarmed by this story and immediately performed exorcism on the woman where they were able to extract the serpent out of the body and send it away.
This pen showcases the noh-mask for Kiyohime which is under the bell that has a serpent wrapped around it. This artistry is illustrated with taka maki-e.
About Danitrio Mikado Fountain Pen Series:
The Mikado is a Danitrio series. Mikado means "Emperor" in Japanese.
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.
|73 mm (2.87")
|20 mm (0.79")
|140 mm (5.51")
|19 mm (0.75")
|Pen Length (Closed)
|163 mm (6.42")
|Pen Length (Posted)
|Cap does not post
|42.5 g (1.25 oz)
|Net Weight (w/ink full)
|50 g (1.3 oz)
About the Artisan:
This pen was hand-painted by Yuji (Yuji Ookado). He is a maki-e artisan who trained with Urushi Master Nenshu Okado and Maki-e Master Tetsugoro Tetsuya. He has a number of maki-e masterpieces that have been accepted by the Japanese Traditional Art Exhibition.