Kimiaki Kageyama, ‘Ring’, 2016, Gallery S O

Kimiaki Kageyama made this ring from lacquer fragments stripped from an antique portable Yasaka shrine from Kyoto which is restored once every 300 years. Kageyama (born 1948) ornamented the cracks of these lacquered chips with cinnabar and fine gold pigments. He then selected the most beautiful Akoya pearl from his extensive personal collection.

Kageyama feels that this piece retains a divine presence, reminiscent of the power of religious festivals and heightened by the current scarcity of the material, yet imbued with harmony and tranquility.

“Among many pieces of jewelry, there are a few that look to unfold a part of the secret of why people wear jewelry. For me, Kimiaki Kageyama’s jewelry is one of these works. His realistically made plants and use of urushi lacquer fragments … remind me of fundamental affection for something ephemeral as well as human desire for eternity—both are primary sentiments people project onto jewelry in general. Furthermore, his work indicates that the real significance of being timeless lies not in the object’s immortality but in its ability to stir up sympathy within the viewer from any period of time.” —Makiko Akiyama, Klimt02, 2017