Agatha Hamster Antiques
Antique Japanese Shakudo Pendant, Stork & Stream Under Tree, Meiji Period
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Antique Shakudo pendant featuring a stork standing beside a stream underneath a flowering tree. This is a beautiful piece of rare Meiji Period Japanese jewellery, dating to the late 1800s. Shakudo was originally used to ornament fittings for katana swords until the mid-1800s social reforms, when most swordmakers began to make purely decorative objects instead. Shakudo is primarily copper with, most often, 3 to 6% gold (up to 10% or even more on occasion). The percentages are calculated for a specific colour result and patinated with the traditional Japanese irotsuke technique which offers a durable, purplish black surface colour when treated. The details are exquisite, with the water being etched into the metal and highlighted with silver, while the Crane, tree and foliage stand proud of the velvety dark background, highlighted with gold and copper.
Agatha Hamster Antiques has clarified that the Antique Japanese Shakudo Pendant, Stork & Stream Under Tree, Meiji Period (LA227984) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being c.1890
Condition is superb, with no damage to the panel and only light age wear on the gold overlay. This really is a beautiful piece of late Victorian Japanese art.
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