Posted by Alec W. (18.104.22.168) on December 29, 2021 at 19:28:09:
In Reply to: Re: boshin war satire posted by Francis on December 29, 2021 at 15:53:37:
It's a good question, and probably one best left for a specialist, but I'll give it a shot anyway :)
I see that "nuri" 塗り now means "coating", and is now particularly used in reference to lacquerware, but in many compounds it clearly means something closer to "coloring", as in "nuri-e" 塗り絵, "a picture for coloring in" (i.e. a coloring-book picture).
So, while "nurimono" 塗り物 *now* just seems to refer to lacquerware, my conjecture is that it *used to* have a more general usage along the lines of "painted things" or "colored things".
Now we just need an expert to give us the real answer!
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