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Ref  BH4    Shakudo Brooch

Fine quality Japanese Shakudo brooch, circa 1880. The Shakudo metal working craft developed from the tradition of sword making, one of the most highly respected Japanese crafts. The chief feature of the craft was the inlaying of metal with shakudo [gold and copper]. When the wearing of Samurai swords was banned by the Japanese government in 1877, shakudo craftsment turned to supplying the West with decorative pieces in the traditional fashion, and images used reflected the Japanese reverence for nature. This brooch is a celebratory piece, incorporating images of celebration - a fan shape, a treasure ship, quail [a good omen], a full moon emerging from clouds and the sixteen-petalled chrysanthemum which was the Imperial Crest. Such symbols were drawn from ancient legends upon which the whole of Japanese culture was based. The brooch is 2 and 1/4 inches long and 1 and 1/8 inches tall and immaculate.

£450

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