Maki-e is the art of Japanese Lacquer painting and is renowned for its beauty and artistry. The Pelikan “Snow, Moon and Flowers” Maki-e fountain pen uses Togidashi-Taka-Maki-e that combines both Taka-Maki-e and Togidashi-Maki-e techniques.
“Snow, Moon and Flowers“ refers to winter snow, autumn moon, and spring flowers, which are natural beauties in three of the four seasons of Japan, and also conveys the tenderness in the scenery. In addition, it has become a symbolic foundation that supports the aesthetic life of the Japanese people with a calm and peaceful state of mind. “Snow, Moon and Flowers” has been used in various poems and lyrics in praising the beautiful landscapes that strike people’s hearts.
On the fountain pen, snow crystals, full moon and cherry blossoms are painted on the background and sprinkled with gold powder. The motif fantastically expresses the beautiful four seasons of Japan in fascinating details.
The Pelikan “Snow, Moon and Flowers” Maki-e fountain pen is a masterpiece that combines the craftsmanship of Pelikan Germany based on over 180 years of tradition and technology coupled with superior Japanese traditional Maki-e painting techniques. Each pen has the Pelikan logo on the crown, a limited edition number, and the artist’s signature drawn in by hand using Maki-e techniques. The edition “Snow, Moon and Flowers” is limited to 123 pieces worldwide. Each fountain pen is equipped with an 18 carat, two-tone gold nib and is encased in a traditional Japanese pen box made of paulownia wood. The writing qualities are carefully checked and tested by hand before it comes to you. Manufactured and assembled in Germany, refined in Japan.
Nib Material: 18K Gold
Filling Mechanism: Piston
“Seven Treasures are listed in the Buddhist scriptures. The typical seven treasures are gold, silver, lapis lazuli, crystal, giant clam, coral, and agate. The seven treasures are expressed on this Pelikan M1000 as auspicious omen motifs by drawing additional fortunate items. By this, the Pelikan Maki-e ‘Seven Treasures’ fountain pen is a collection of symbols which are believed to bring good fortune.”
The pen’s motif depicts the seven treasures of the Buddhist scriptures including gold, silver, lapis lazuli, crystal, giant clam, coral, and agate:
- Gold is a bright, slightly reddish yellow, dense, soft, malleable, and ductile metal. Its relative rareness in the environment has made it a precious metal employed for coinage, jewelry, and art, in addition to industrial applications.
- Silver is a soft, white, lustrous transition metal that exhibits the highest electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, and reflectivity of any metal. More abundant than gold, it too is a precious metal.
- Lapis lazuli is a deep-blue metamorphic rock used as a semi-precious stone. It is prized for its intense blue color and used in jewelry as well as the finest and most expensive blue pigments.
- Crystal has a highly ordered microscopic structure, forming a lattice that extends in all directions. It is valued for both artistic applications and its purported healing properties.
- Giant clam is considered a rare organic gem, sometimes referred to as the “jade of the sea.” Amongst certain cultures, they are believed to be able to help ward off evil and protect the health of families.
- Red coral, scientifically referred to as Corallium rubrum, has a dark red color and lives on the rocky sea bottom. Because of its slow growth, it is rich in nutrients, including calcium, for which it is often ground into a powder for use in oriental medicine. It’s purported to have properties of cooling, detoxifying, sedation, and can help with the healing of injured bones.
- Agate is a rock formation consisting of chalcedony and quartz and is found in a wide variety of colors. Agate has been used in both the arts as well as industry, valued for its appearance and intrinsic properties.
Nib Material: 14K Gold, Platinum Plated
Filling Mechanism: Piston
|Body Material||Acrylic, Urushi, and Maki-e|
|Diameter||0.59 inches/ 15 mm|
|Length||5.9 inches/ 15 cm|
|Limited Edition||Limited to just 123 pieces worldwide|