) is a Japanese craft
with a wide range of fine and decorative arts, as lacquer
has been used in urushi-e
, and on a wide variety of objects from Buddha statues
boxes for food.
The characteristic of Japanese lacquerware is the diversity of lacquerware using a decoration technique called maki-e
) in which metal powder is sprinkled to attach to lacquer. The invention of various maki-e
techniques in Japanese history
expanded artistic expression, and various tools and works of art such as inro
are highly decorative.
A number of terms are used in Japanese
to refer to lacquerware
(漆器) means "lacquer ware" in the most literal sense, while nurimono
(塗物) means "coated things", and urushi-nuri
(漆塗) means "lacquer coating."
The terms related to lacquer or lacquerware such as "Japanning
" and "maque
" which means lacquer in Mexican Spanish, are derived from Japanese lacquerware.