NAMIKI | A LIMITED EDITION HAND PAINTED LACQUERED MAKI-E FOUNTAIN PEN DEPICTING AN OWL, CIRCA 2002
2,000 - 3,000 USD
A LIMITED EDITION HAND PAINTED LACQUERED MAKI-E FOUNTAIN PEN DEPICTING AN OWL, CIRCA 2002
fountain pen (no. 31/450) in black lacquer with gold and green depicting an owl perched in the night, cap clip signed Namiki
fountain pen with an 18k gold medium sized nib engraved Namiki
accompanied by presentation box, outer packaging, and certificate of authenticity
overall length of fountain pen, 14 cm
The present writing instrument remains in excellent overall condition. We do not provide ink or lead for pens and pencils.
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Namiki is a well establish Japanese pen company, that is known for their maki-e laquered designs. These pens are specially hand painted by a single artisan. The process can take several months to complete, making each individual pen a unique work of art.
Owl's are known in the Japanese culture as a symbol of good fortune, wisdom, blessings and success. Owl is pronounced fukurou in Japanese, "fu" for no, and "kurou" for hardship. The Owl, also known as the "silent hunter", is a bird of prey that hunts with keen precision, equally able to see clearly in the daytime as in the nighttime. The owl's ability to fly silently, coupled with their ability to rotate their heads close to 270 degrees without abandoning their perch put them in a unique position to attack by employing stealth flight.
The present pen was created by Maki-e artist, Masato Sato. Only 450 pieces were created worldwide, and this example is numbered 31/450. This "Owl" pen comes accompanied by its certificate of authenticity, original ink bottle, and original presentation box with the inside made to emulate a hand spun owl's nest.