I tried so hard to keep this a jewelery blog...but I find it impossible. work, emotions, inspiration, food, family, friends and strangers.... i gave up. Alas! a piece of traditional Japanese container i found while checking stock at our HQ. Total of 1500 over pieces. Eeks.. Maki-e (spinkled picture) is lacquered work that requires skillful craftsmanship. It is a technique whereby the artist sprinkles gold/ copper/silver powder over successive layers to gain that thick and 3 dimensional effect you see here. A Traditional ink container with makie landscape. The Japanese make sure pretty containers for everything... from paper to green tea powder.