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AP Limited Editions proudly celebrate their tenth anniversary with the
launch of The Great American Bald Eagle, a splendid tribute to their
country and its magnificent national bird. The Connoisseur maki-e
version is the first in the series of Bald Eagles commemorating the
anniversary over the ‘Land of the brave and the Home of the free’
Native to and found only in North America, the Bald Eagle was
immortalized in 1782 on the Great Seal of the USA, standing testimony to
the resilience and strength of the values laid down by our founding fathers to shape our great nation.
Admired for its breathtaking beauty, this magnificent bird clearly
establishes its power, standing three feet tall. In stark contrast to
its rich brown-black body comprised of seven thousand feathers, its
unique white head proudly proclaims the ideals of democracy and freedom
while it silently and steadfastly watches over its horizons, its
piercing yellow eyes always alert, its strong talons ever agile.
This pen has been meticulously authored by Master Maki-e Shi Fujino San.
A combination of Taka Maki-e, Hira Maki-e and Togidashi Maki-e
techniques feature on the landscape of the pen. The mountains are
rendered in Take Maki-e, the Cedar trees embellished in Togidashi and
the background is beautifully created with Hirame flakes in gold and
blue powder. The waves at the bottom of the pen are depicted through
The Great American Bald Eagle is also crafted
through a variety of Maki-e methods with Take Maki-e used to highlight
the face and feet. The feather outlines are defined in Kaki-wari and
the feathers in Tsukegaki Maki-e.
The brilliant sky is painstakingly
crafted with finely sliced abalone shell pieces (0.8 mm) attached one
piece at a time dotted with 50 shimmering stars, crafted in Platinum
powder and white Urushi. The cap opens to reveal thirteen Red and White
stripes superbly crafted on the nib section in brilliant shades of Red
and White Urushi.
The pen is eye-dropper-filled and comes with a
solid 18 karat gold nib. A limited edition of nine pieces only. This
marvel in Maki-e was seven months in the making.