Maki-e is the art of Japanese lacquer painting and is renowned for its beauty and artistry. The word Maki-e literally translates as “sprinkled picture” because the design is sprinkled with gold or silver powder.
For the process, the rare Japanese lacquer Urushi is used in a multitude of layers which are polished many times. The design is drawn with colored lacquer onto the surface. It is then sprinkled with a multitude of lacquer-layers. This is called the Togidashi-Maki-e technique
The Pelikan model “Four Leaf Clover” is a masterpiece decorated with different clovers, some of which are finished in mother-pearl (raden). This limited edition was released in 2011 and only 88 peices were made worldwide.
Taka-Maki-e lacquering completes the process with carbon powder to give the pen's surface some texture.
The Pelikan logo on the crown, limited edition number and artist’s signature are drawn in by hand with the Maki-e technique.
The four leaf clover is a good-luck amulet, but, it's even more difficult to find a five-leaf clover, like the one you can see on this pen! This limited edition was made to bring good luck and fortune to its owners and comes with a lifetime warranty from Pelikan.