✓ 100% Genuine Urushi
✓ Contains the Maki-E Red Seal (Highest Quality of Maki-E Art)
✓ Hand-painted by highly-trained Japanese Artisans
This pen contains artistry of Japanese dragons. They are well respected mythical creatures in Japan and are seen as water deities that control rainfall and all water bodies and has power over harvest, thus, symbolizing wealth and prosperity. It is believe that Japanese dragons are more closely tied to water as Japan is on an island that is surrounded by water. Japanese dragons in particular are typically portrayed with serpent-like bodies and no wings (unlike dragons portrayed in other cultures).
There is a pearl that is depicted with raden. It is believed by some that this divine pearl represents the union of heaven and earth and when the dragon wields this pearl, it is a representation of its attempt to maintain balance and protection over heaven and earth.
Bokashi, which means gradation, is a technique inspired by Japanese woodblock printmaking where a combination of graduating colors of variating lightness (or darkness) is applied to produce a seamless transition between two colors. Bokashi is applied in portions of the background on this pen.
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.
|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:
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.