Chinkin is a very specialized Japanese Lacquer Art technique that involves carving and engraving decorative designs on a lacquer surface. It is believed that the Chinkin technique of decorating Japanese lacquerware originated in China during the Sung dynasty (960 -1279). It was introduced to Japan during the Muromachi period (1338-1573). This is a very meticulous technique that involves the use of fine chisels and carving tools that a Master Artist uses to craft the most intricate motifs. Once the design is engraved onto a lacquer surface, it is sprinkled with gold, silver or other precious metal powders. There are less than a handful of Chinkin Artists that continue to produce these rare works of art reflecting all the legendary techniques. It is by no means an easy form of art to learn or execute.