STEPHEN HATCHER · FINE ART WOODTURNING AND SCULPTURE
Daimyo Vessel (no. 2)
Size: 10.25"T x 3.25"D x 5.5"W
Description: This is a Macassar ebony hollow form with open front and back sides enclosing a maple inner vessel. It also features a removal finial-lid. Within the ebony 'armor' the highly figured bigleaf maple vessel-form is inlaid on both sides with a weeping cherry tree in bloom. The maple figure is suspended within the armor, touching neither the sides nor bottom of the space enclosing it.
Symbolism: The Daimyo were the most powerful feudal rulers from the 12th century to the 19th century in Japan. The Macassar ebony armor flares in an exaggerated manner at the shoulders as was the style of Samurai attire. The blooming cherry trees are a symbol of the brevity and beauty of life. The base of the tree is supported by a sword tip (inlaid) representing the use of violence or intimidation as the root of power. The finial is a stylized Torii gate as sometimes seen in Japanese gardens but also regularly found as a stylized headdress or helmet form depicting horns. The interior of the vessel is coated with a very light wash of 24K gold, symbolic of the acquisition and close control of wealth exercised by Daimyo.
Materials: This is made from Macassar ebony, African ebony, and bigleaf maple. The highly figured bigleaf maple is inlaid with mineral crystals, mica, and resin to create the tree and the blossoms. The maple is a very light wash of red and yellow metal acid dyes. The finish on the lid-finial, foot, and maple is four coats of musical instrument lacquer. The finish on the Macassar ebony is a vinyl sealer and wax with gold acrylic on the interior surface.