Nakada Kingyoku Morikin Arabesque Aochibu Gourd Shape Vase

JPY ¥600,000

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The Morikin Arabesque Aochibu Gourd Shape Vase expertly combines the techniques of morikin "raised gold" and aochibu "blue dots." Complemented by the morikin, this gourd-shaped vase stands as a tactile and visual marvel, adorned with an intricate arabesque pattern. Its surface is brought to life with delicate dots of blue, meticulously applied using an icchin, a dispenser with a fine tip, in a demonstration of unmatched dedication.

Designed by Nakada Kingyoku the Third, a leading artist in the aochibu and morikin techniques, this exquisite piece serves both as a stunning centerpiece and a meaningful gift. It symbolizes the beauty crafted by skilled hands, enriching any space with its presence. As a cherished heirloom, it brings the rich cultural heritage of Japan into contemporary homes, promising to be a source of joy and admiration for generations.


  • DimensionD 15.6 cm(6.14 in) ×  H 25 cm (9.8 in) 
  • Material: Porcelain 
  • Origin: Made in Japan - Kutani ware
  • Artist: Nakada Kingyoku

The gourd shape, a symbol of prosperity and good fortune, enhances its tactile allure. Its curved form feels comforting to hold, with a weight that speaks of the quality materials and the amount of labor invested. The morikin technique's raised gold patterns add not only visual depth but a luxurious texture, inviting touch as much as sight.

Traditional arabesque patterns, specifically known as tako karakusa, enrich the Kutani ware legacy with their unique charm and intricacy. The pattern resembles octopus tentacles, with leaves attached in a way that mimics the sprawling reach of an octopus's limbs. The continuous, uninterrupted growth of the plant vines in all directions symbolizes longevity and prosperity.

This dynamic visual rhythm, amplified by the aochibu dots and further enriched by the depth and texture of morikin gold, highlights Nakada Kingyoku's dedication to preserving traditional techniques while infusing them with a layer of profound cultural significance.


Under the tutelage of his father, Nakada Kingyoku the Second, and decade of rigorous apprenticeship, he has culminated in a profound mastery over the Aochibu "blue dots" and Morikin "raised gold" techniques. Blending traditional elegance with innovative flair through the use of platinum and spatial elements inspired by the Rimpa school. His commitment to excellence is reflected in his meticulous choice of tools and materials including platinum, ensuring each piece he creates embodies the intricate beauty characteristic of Kutani ware.

His work was selected for the National Traditional Craftwork Exhibition and the Traditional Kutani Craft Exhibition. He was officially certified as a Kutani Ware Traditional Craftsperson. In 2017, he was honored with the Ishikawa Prefecture Traditional Industry, Outstanding Technician Encouragement Award, underscoring his significant contributions to the field and recognizing his efforts to push the boundaries of traditional craftsmanship.

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