Museum Quality Metal Work from Japan

May 2nd, 2009 by James L. Sweaney, CGA, FGA. GG


Ever so often in this business, we see something that makes us truly humble and amazed at the accomplishments of our fellow artisans.

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4 Responses to “Museum Quality Metal Work from Japan”

  1. Roberta Says:

    I read the recent blog posting about the Frog Boatman bracelet that was mentioned on the Orchid list. What a great piece, thanks for sharing that. Unfortunately I can’t offer any information on the piece but you might consider one of the Japanese alloys like Shakudo or Shibuichi, which can be alloyed in a range of mixtures taking on a variety of colors and characteristics including a numerous and unique patinas. What particularly caught my eye in this post was the part about how sword makers had to modify their craft during/after the Meiji era. My husband Yas comes from a family line of just such craftsmen. The type of work his family lineage does is quite different from the bracelet but it represents another venue that the displaced sword makers took.

  2. FD Says:

    What an extraordinary and exquisite thing. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more amazing collection of individual artworks.

  3. tons Says:

    Good job!

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