This is another fine piece of maki-e art completed by Namiki artisan Masaru-san. It deserve a place in all maki-e pens or art collectors pen cases.
This Namiki Yukari Royal Parrot with Peach is the most colorful and attractive maki-e artwork painted by Namiki artisans.
this is an excellent theme for a pen. Both the parrot (鹦鹉) and peach are consider symbols of good omen in the Chinese and Japanese cultures.
Like most Namiki Yukari Royal fountain pen, the artisan uses take maki-e technique to paint the pen. Artisan Masaru-san not only take maki-e technique to pain the most of the peaches, it apply the same take make technique on the flowers and leaves too. It give a whole maki-e art additional dimension, bring it alive.
In ancient Chinese, the warriors would craft different type of weapons using the wood from peach tree. And some "magician" made love potion with petals of the peach blossoms, and it was believed it will the men into an intense trance of love.
In stead of the usual hira maki-e technique, artisan Masaru-san uses nashiji maki-e technique to create the branches and trunk.