Sculptured Lacquered Gaku

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Posted by Rory Soeder on June 08, 2003 at 02:30:57:

I have acquired a picture that is of an eagle landing on a branch.
It measures 10 3/4 x 8 1/4 It is I believe done on black lacquer.
When I received this picture (which is framed) there was an envelope attached to the back. It was dated 1973 from Lillian Matsumura. Inside was another envelope with a piece of paper that stated " Regarding the Sculptured Lacquered "Gaku" (framed picture)Sculptured lacquer is uniquely beautiful. It incorporates the lacquering technique of tradition old Japan with the elegance of raised lacquer. Raised lacquer uses delicate lines of imbeded gold together with the free use of light and dark colors. This work is done by Meiho Kumagai, an outstanding giant amont sculptured lacquer artists. Notice the refined composition and the rare skill of the sculpture's knife, and enjoy the high art of the sculptured lacquer."
Also there was a Bill of Sale with in the envelope. Amount was 2,700 yen=$10.00 but on another piece of paper she stated that they put a lower price because of a duty tax. She also mentions a Mr. Sashihara in the letter. I have been trying for at least 3 years to find out something on the picture. It is beautiful but would like to know more about it. Anything that anyone can help me with would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you Rory

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