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 coloured 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 “Mt. Fuji and Cranes” is a masterpiece with a finely-chased 18 carat gold nib accentuated with a rhodium décor.
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 Crane is a symbol of longevity and good fortune, and we see them flying around the sacred Mt. Fuji. Cherry blossoms, another typical symbol of Japanese culture, are also hand-painted on this magnificent pen.