Dunhill Namiki Maki-e Rakucho Limited Edition Tobacco Pipe - Kyusai Yoshida
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Dunhill Namiki Maki-e Rakucho Limited Edition Tobacco Pipe - Kyusai Yoshida:
Dunhill Namiki Maki-E Rakucho Limited Edition Tobacco Pipe
This stunning Maki-e Tobacco pipe from Dunhill and Namiki is unused. It was decorated entirely by hand by the late Grand-Master Kyusai Yoshida and less than 10 were believed to have been created, with even fewer unused. This is the same artist that created the extremely popular and highly sought over Dunhill-Namiki sold-out limited editions: the Hannya, Sakura Rose and Motorities .
Unfortunately there is a crack on the box, damages can be seen in the photographs. If you have any questions please contact us!
Alfred Dunhill in a combined effort with Namiki released this limited edition design from its archives in 1999. Each pipe is hand crafted and decorated by a master Maki-e artist, requiring eight months to complete and involving over 150 individual processes.
An integral part of Japanese heritage, the craft of Maki-e lacquering was first perfected over 1,500 years ago. Urushi, which is sap from a Japanese lacquer tree, is first used to draw patterns on the surface of the pipe bowl. Powdered gold, silver, and colored pigments are then applied to the Urushi while it is wet.
The pipe features a Rakucho in flight, which is an ancient and mythical phoenix-like bird of uncertain origin. In Oriental philosophy, it symbolizes a peaceful atmosphere in harmony with the universal life-spirit.
The signed pipes are fitted with an 18kt gold engraved band, and are packaged in a lockable lacquered wooden presentation box.
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