This brooch is made from wood, coated with urushi lacquer, and decorated with gold powder. In urushi art, this is known as the maki-e technique. The Mizuhiki pattern on the brooch is a symbol of good fortune in one’s relationship with someone or something special. Traditionally, the color vermilion was thought to ward off evil and bring good luck.
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