Royal Selangor and 300-year old Japanese lacquerware brand, Zohiko, have joined forces to produce Shori, a sculpture that features the beautiful koi. Crafted in pewter by skilled pewtersmiths and then lacquered with the age-old Japanese Maki-e technique, Go, Miyabi and Irodori are the three variations of this limited edition sculpture available only upon order.
The sculpture recreates the legend of a koi that swims against the surging waterfall and transforms into a dragon as it makes a final leap at the top. Until today, this story signifies the importance of koi fish in Japanese culture and serves as an ideal metaphor for the human journey - with perseverance, anything is possible.
The Shori collection also comes complete in a box that also functions as a display case. Carefully assembled, the box opens up to reveal the meticulously matched wood grains. In creating a stunning backdrop for the sculpture, the back and base panels are specially lacquered through Mine kumo nuri, a technique pioneered by Zohiko that produces a mesmerising blue on black effect.