Gobara-shikki is a lacquerware tradition from Maniwa in Okayama, southwest Japan.
‘Gobara’ is a place name within Maniwa, ‘shikki' is the Japanese word for lacquerware.
With origins dating back more than 600 years, in 1865 there is record of approximately 400000 pieces made a year in the style. These volumes slowed, and dropped to zero in the mid twentieth century, until in 1989 a revival movement returned the practice to chestnut wood taken from the Hiruzen highlands in Maniwa.
These are natural chestnut wood pot rests, made from the wood used for Gobarashikki.
There are two types: natural wood, and black urushi (lacquer).
Size: Length 19 cm x Width 19 cm x Depth 3 cm
Material: Chestnut wood