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ARCHIVE Shibayama

The inlay technique known as Shibayama began at the time of the eleventh Shogun, Tokugawa Ienari (1773-1841).
The inlay art form known as Shibayama takes its name from the Shibayama area of ​​today’s Chiba Prefecture, the birthplace of Onoki Senzo, a builder who lived during the An’ei era (1772-1781).
His style became so popular that works executed with this inlay technique are named after Shibayama, later adopted as his surname.
Shibayama is distinctive in that the carved inlay pieces as well as being embedded in the material protrude in high relief above the surface of the finely decorated vases, koro / incense burners, screens, kodansu, inro or plates.
In fact, the word Shibayama can also be used to specifically refer to this typical inlay.
The name Shibayama was first adopted by the founder of the tradition, Onoki Senzo, then Shibayama Senzo and his descendants as well as worthy disciples.
Works by such masters as Muneichi, Muneaki, Masahisa,
Yasunobu, Yasumasa, Soichi, Naoyuki
and Dosho, have attracted great attention in displays and exhibitions
international. Thanks to them and a few other great master craftsmen, the Shibayama name has become widely known internationally.