Kanshitsu body made from cloth reinforced with lacquer; gold and aokin togidashi maki-e, gold hirame, colored lacquer, and inlays of gold foil and thin shell on a polished black-lacquer ground, the design continuing down the sides and onto the base; the interior surfaces gold nashiji
Signed inside with gold maki-e characters Yoshio tsukuru (Made by Yoshio)
With fitted kiri-wood tomobako storage box inscribed Tenshō maki-e kanshitsu kobako Yaten kōgetsu (Kanshitsu small box with sprinkled design of celestial phenomena, “Night Sky, Glittering Moon”), signed Yoshio tsukuru (Made by Yoshio) and sealed Yoshio
Okada habitually titles his works using elegant four-character Chinese phrases, such as Yaten kōgetsu (Night Sky, Glittering Moon), that one might more usually expect to see applied to painted screens or hanging scrolls. A bold assertion of Okada’s conviction that lacquer can be regarded not merely as a mode of decoration but as a medium for miniaturist yet ambitious works of pictorial art, this style of naming is fully warranted by his dynamic and atmospheric series of Tenshō (Celestial Phenomena) boxes.