Sumitsubo, Carpenter’s Line, Japanese, wood

Sumitsubo, Traditional Japanese Carpenter’s chalk’s system produces a much finer line, ink grains are dissolved in water and the cotton wool is soaked in this solution. The line is drawn through the damp wadding, fixed under tension and snapped against the surface - a fine, straight line is the immediate result. This elaborately carved sumitsubo served as a ceremonial function, most probably crafted by the carpenters themselves and left in the finished building. Adorned with carved fish and duck.

Beautiful patina and condition, zelkova wood, measures 12” x 7” x 5”.