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maki-e

(Japanese: "sprinkled picture"), lacquer ware on which the design is made by sprinkling or spraying wet lacquer with metallic powder, usually gold or silver, from a dusting tube, sprinkler canister (makizutsu), or hair-tipped paint brush (kebo). The technique was developed mainly during the Heian period (794-1185) to decorate screens, albums, inro, letter boxes, and ink-slab cases. The oldest preserved piece is from 919.

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