Kanshitsu body made from cloth reinforced with lacquer; gold, silver, and aokin togidashi maki-e, red 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 Unshō gekka (Kanshitsu small box with sprinkled design of celestial phenomena, “Cloudy Sky, Bright Moon”), signed Yoshio tsukuru (Made by Yoshio) and sealed Yoshio
Okada comments that he intended to create a strong contrast between this and Getsuei rōun (Shining Moon, Hazy Clouds, cat. no. 00). The term unshō evokes a sky filled with floating clouds, while gekka refers both to the luminescence and the floral quality of the moon. Here Okada made extensive use of the maki-e technique to depict the clouds, with bold applications of vermilion and gold, and deliberately gave the moon a bright, flower-like appearance. The cloud design continues around the sides and onto the base.