Willow trees are so vigorous that they sprout again even after falling and being buried, and their verdant appearance has been used in maki-e as a symbol of eternal life force. In ancient China, there was a custom for travelers to carry three willow branches in a circle to wish for their safe return. Later, it became "Knot Willow," which is displayed at New Year's with the meaning of "Ichiyo-Raifuku," and has remained as a Japanese custom.
The willow branches are drawn in gold maki-e on the vermilion roiro finish lacquer ware. Silver dewdrops scattered in places create a three-dimensional effect.
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