Uniting the work of a Cameroon Bamileke master craftsman with that of Japanese lacquer master with 40 years’ experience, The Blood Brothers highlight the “3rd esthetic” history and beauty of two cultures to create something contemporary and unique.


This masks from Central and West Africa were brought to Japan. By dressing in layer upon layer of tsuki-urushi clear lacquer, their surfaces combed with delicate textures in powdered tin and gold. Their bright metallic glow will acquire a sabi patina over the years. The dark wood of the past submerged beneath repeating arcs of seikaiha wave patterns, hints of hakeme brushwork swirl over sunburnt cheeks.


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