Chinkin (gold inlay) is a technique in which a surface is coated with a roiro lacquer finish and designs are carved on the surface lacquer with a special carving chisel. Precious metal leaf and powder are then inlayed in the cut patterns. This style features a fine and delicate finish combined with powerful high-relief expression. The Chinkin technique yields great expression in subjects such as the texture of bird feathers and results in extremely realistic designs. Therefore, Chinkin is considered a leading Japanese traditional lacquer-ware technique.
The White Tiger is one of the five celestial animals, symbolic of Feng Shui. Always on guard, it may as well attack than defense. Tiger also had a reputation for repelling demons.