The inspiration for this pen was found in an elegant lacquer box ca. 1800 that is among the decorative arts in the Museums holdings. Powdered gold and silver were combined with the lacquer to give the box a delicate tone. The Japanese technique for achieving this effect is known as maki-e. Our pen re-creates the same bamboo design found on the box. Fittingly bamboo itself is one of the earliest known writing surfaces.
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 highlight of the pen is the smooth twist-action ballpoint system activated by turning the tip cone. The Metropolitan Museum of Art logo appears on the cap top. Handsomely packaged in a color coordinated paperboard gift box. Proceeds from the sale of this product are used to support The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Rogers Fund, 1921 (21.174. 1d, e)
Length: 5.1" (130 mm)
Barrel Diameter: 0.44" (11 mm)
Weight: 1.1 oz. (33 g)
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