July 01, 2019


Maki-e Five Lucky Bats

In China, the bat is considered as a symbol of happiness, as the pronunciation of the word “bat” resembles a Chinese word which means “fortune is coming”. The depiction of the bat is considered to be a lucky pattern which brings five kinds of luck: a long life, wealth and respect, health and mindfulness, virtue and grace, and to die without worry and regret. There were times when only noble people could wear clothes using motives of the bat. In Japan as well, the bat is regarded as a symbol of luck as the word bat is pronounced as “komori” which could be written in Japanese as “a lot of happiness”.

There are five bats drawn on the fountain pen in Taka-Maki-e, using techniques such as raden and kirigane. As an additional symbol of luck, five painted golden four-leave clovers complement the motive on the pen.

The Limited Edition Maki-e “Five Lucky Bats” is a masterpiece that combines the craftsmanship of Pelikan Germany based on 180 years of tradition and technology coupled with superior Japanese traditional Maki-e painting techniques. Each pen has the Pelikan logo on the crown, a limited edition number and the artist’s signature drawn in by hand using Maki-e techniques.

This distinctive and unique fountain pen was crafted and drawn using Togidashi-Taka-Maki-e technique which combines Taka-Maki-e and Togidashi-Maki-e.

The Limited Edition “Five Lucky Bats” is limited to an edition of 123 pieces worldwide. Each fountain pen is equipped with an 18 carat, two-tone gold nib and is encased in a traditional Japanese pen box made of paulownia wood.