Hon'ami Kōetsu’s Lacquer Box
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Origin

Hon'ami Kōetsu

Type

Lacquer Box

Effects

Releases words of beauty and form

Downsides

Pervasively alters appearances

Activation

Opening in proximity of tea

Collected by

Warehouse 13

Section

Iris-258G

Aisle

480212-3845

Shelf

942847-8138-674

Date of Collection

May 5, 1924

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Origin[edit | edit source]

Hon'ami Kōetsu was born a consummate artisan, coming from a proud lineage of shogunate sword polishers and regularly recommended the Maeda clan on all choices stylistic, from paintings to idols. Kōetsu forged his own niches, specializing in calligraphy, pottery, gardening, lacquerware and even the newly developed tea ceremony.

Effects[edit | edit source]

Calligraphic symbols will flow out of the box like water, climbing over anything similar to how a hazy shadow grows and shifts. All the words form phrases that signify great physical beauty, applicable use or emotional affection. The script then burrows itself just under the surface and applies a layer of lacquer to prevent movement. All subjects will suddenly become more intrinsically graceful, having a calming presence that blends harmoniously with the environment. However, some alterations can occur at the expense of apparent flaws that reflected defining features.

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