nuri (Japanese lacquerware) was developed by the priests of the Japanese monastery Negoro-dera as early
as the 14th century, and included the vessels used for their simple meals. The bowls were first lacquered in black and
then in red. Sometimes part of the red was polished away to reveal the black as a form of decoration; sometimes the
red just became worn with use and the black underneath came to light with a lovely effect.
Also exhibited are variations that use yellow instead of red as the top lacquer coat. As you can see, both
are elegant in the dining room.