A lacquer technique developed to the highest degree in Japan is the use of gold and silver in powder form, either mixed in to form gold or silver lacquer, or sprinkled over the lacquer surface to create a graduated gold or silver efect. The resultant works often display great subtlety and delicacy, and maki-e (gold or silver) lacquer is one of the supreme achievements of Japanese decorative art.
- The pen design is based on a lacquer box decorated with stylized bamboo (ca. 1800) in the Museum's collection
- Twist action ballpoint