Food: Lacquered Soup Bowl


Lacquered Soup Bowl

Included in Daily Life box, Visual Arts box

  • Description: Lacquer bowl used to hold various types of Japanese soup.  Traditionally made out of wood, the bowl is then coated with many layers of plant resin (urushi oil) taken from the Lacquer Tree. Glossy and smooth, they are often decorated with bright paint and intricate designs.  Found in Japan from as early as 5,500 years ago, lacquer ware, or Shikki, has become a daily part of Japanese life.   In modern times, soup bowls for daily household use are often made out of plastic, and are designed to resemble lacquer ware.
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