Culture from the Silk Road
Perhaps many are not familiar with the word ”Mokuga” or wooden pictures. You may not be able to imagine specifically what it means; is it drawing on wood or drawing with wood? You may not be able to imagine a specific art either. ”Mokuga” pictures are assembled pieces of wood, the design laid out in accordance to the texture and patterns of the wood to create unique designs on boxes and furniture. Besides pieces of wood, ivory and deer horns are used to create geometric patterns, etc.
Treasured techniques from Shosoin period
”Designs of the Tenpyo period seem new to us in the present,” commented Kyokusai Sakamoto. He is a craftsman that works on the restoration of precious treasures from Shosoin. It does not look purely of Japanese origin, and seems somewhat exotic.
- Mokuga Workshop
- Nara-shi Nara