Ranjishi is one of the representive Nagauta pieces for the Kabuki dance drama. The theme is adapted from the Noh play "Shakkyo" by Kineya Shojiro, and is classified as a matsubame dancing; a dance that is performed before the symbolic backdrop of a large pine tree flanked by bamboo, which similar to the Noh play.
The parent "Shishi" not only need to train the cub physically, they also need to foster courage and strenght in the yound "Shishi".
The parent "Shishi" gather his courage and push the young shishi into the deep ravine. If the yound "Shishi" can climb back up again.
The dance performance is basically dividual into 3 main sections.
The maki-e painting on the Pelikan pen is the last dance of the performance, which the "Shishi" reappear as "real" Shishi with long hair and cosmetic.
The Pelikan Renjishi is one of our favor in our collection.
Artisan Shozo Nakamura uses the combination of togidashi technique and takamakie technique to skillfully crafted this beauty "Renjishi" maki-e pen; parent "Shishi" on the cap, and the young "Shishi" on the barrel. Takamakie is a technique which a sprinked design is applied with numerous layers of black lacquer, then polished until the design reappears and is flush with the surface.
Takamakie technique is very different. This is a technique which powders are spinkled over the lacquer which had been mixed with a thickening agent (such as clay or charcoal) to create a raised surface - high relief lacquer.
The combination of maki-e technique is also known as Kaga Togisdashi technique.
Model Name: RenjiShi 連獅子
Artisan: Shozo Nakamura
Production Year: 2009
Materials: LacquerNib: 18k two tones gold nib, M
Size: Souveran 1000
Filling system: Piston
Trim: Metal gold plated
Pieces Produced: 88 (individually number)