✓ 100% Genuine Urushi
✓ Contains the Maki-E Red Seal (Highest Quality of Maki-E Art)
✓ Hand-painted by highly-trained Japanese Artisans
The ko-omote (“young girl”) and the Hannya (“demon”) are both characters utilized in the Noh Japanese plays.
The Hannya was actually a once human woman that was envious and jealous, which turned her into a demon.
The triangular pattern motif behind the demon represents Uroko (“scales”) which is inspired from the scale of a fish, meaning protection.
The ko-omote typically exudes a feeling of innocent beauty.
The tortoise shell pattern motif adjacent to the young girl represents Kikko (“longevity”). The center of the flowers in the Kikko pattern is made of abalone.
About the Japanese Noh plays:
Noh is the oldest of the classical Japanese theater plays that has been performed since the 14th century. The plays are inspired by traditional Japanese literature typically with a transformation of a supernatural into a human. The actors wear the masks that are carefully carved so that the mask can create beautiful accoustics when the actor sings into it. The ko-omote and the Hannya are some examples of common characters represented with the Noh masks. The emotions of the characters are conveyed through the actor's gesture's as often the masks have expressions on their faces that are subtle.
About Danitrio Hyotan 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 Hyotan 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.
|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 Artist:
This pen was hand-painted by Koichiro Okazaki (Kogaku). He is a renown Maki-E artist in Japan and considers himself wholeheartedly traditional when it comes to Maki-E. 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.