Pilot Limited Edition Pen – 95th Anniversary Rising Dragon
Negoro Ware was the most popular lacquer ware during the Muromachi period of Japan (1392 – 1573). The name Negoro was derived from the original place of manufacture at the Negoro temple in Kii Province, Japan during the 14th century.
Unknown to many collectors of maki-e pens, the Pilot 95th Anniversary Noburi Ryu is the like of Negoro ware which is greatly prized for their appearance of antiquity. When the time the black layer becomes visible in patches through the vermillion layer, it exhibits this simple, yet powerful complexion that makes them precious and admired.
The first look on the this maki-e Pilot Dragon Pen would gave it a miss because many thought that the dragon looks whimsical and does not bear the ferocity of most Dragons in the Pilot Limited Edition Pen that were made in the past or recent times.
Essentially, it is the trained eye that can recognize immediately the existence and appreciation of this vermillion red that would turn to antiquity over time. As the red lacquer wears away gradually and irregularly with use, producing the effect of natural aging for which these pieces becomes highly appreciated and sought after.
The good news is that when many pen collectors find the Pilot Rising Dragon – Noburi Ryu looks “simple” that is when the prized pieces are just in front of your door steps. To miss buying a good pen, when you can actually own it now, may well be missing an elephant by a mile when you are so close.
The appreciation of maki-e pens is not purely about the maki-e techniques alone. It is important to know how the rich heritage of Japanese lacquer that spans over hundreds of years have taught us on the art, history and depth of Japanese maki-e.