The newest edition to the Namiki Chinkin Collection – the Cat and the Royal Rooster – is a beauty to behold but it comes at a price. Applying the highly-meticulous Chinkin technique with a special carving chisel, the pen is only yielded by artisans of extensive experience from start to finish. A pen befitting a spot in a museum, the Namiki Chinkin Cat and Royal Rooster is an art piece worth investing for mummy dearest even though we all know that no amount of investment could ever match to the time, love and care that was invested into your upbringing from a mother’s love.
Namiki Chinkin Cat
Cats hold a special relationship with Japan and its people. According to Japanese folklore, a cat once saved a feudal lord from being struck by lighting when it lured it with its tail – leading to the belief that cats possess protective powers. Regarded as a symbol of wealth and fertility, cats are highly treasured for preventing epidemics, getting rid of rats that transmit disease, and preying on mice that eat cereal crops.
Beautifully and softly depicted using Tenbori technique (Dot carving), the cat is seen sitting demurely with its eyes fixated on the foxtail grasses that is intricately carved out using Senbori technique (Liner carving) – displaying a playful side while exuding a graceful poise and elegant demeanour.
Namiki Chinkin Royal Rooster
Heralding in the dawn with its crowing, roosters are believed to dispel evil spirits as they chase darkness away with the light of day. Dating back to ancient times, cockfighting is said to be the world’s oldest spectator sport that is prevalent in almost every part of the world. In Japan’s ancient times during the Nara and Heian periods, cockfighting is also used for fortune-‐‑telling –
eventually known as “Tori-‐‑awase”, an event held at the Imperial court to mark the seasonal festival throughout Japan.
Delicately polished by the use of Senbori (Liner carving), the fighting cock is depicted full of zest and vigor with its assertive gaze, ready to pounce on its opponent.
The Namiki Chinkin Cat and Royal Rooster are available from March 2016, retailing at S$4,500 each (before GST).
Authorised Retailers and Distributors
AESTHETIC BAY PTE LTD
No. 2 Orchard Turn
#04-14 ION Orchard
ELEPHANT & CORAL PENCO PTE LTD
333A Orchard Road
#03-03 Mandarin Gallery Shopping Centre
FOOK HING TRADING CO.
231 Bain Street
#01-23 Bras Basah Complex
Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 2
Departure/Transit Lounge North (Airside)
Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 3
Departure/Transit Lounge South
#02-07, Terminal 3