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circa 1880s
A wonderful Shakudo bracelet composed of 17 panels featuring birds in floral settings.

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A wonderful Shakudo strap-style bracelet c.1880, composed of seventeen beautifully crafted rectangular Shakudo panels all depicting a bird in floral surroundings, there are four different designs - two featuring a crane and one each with a quail and a pheasant, these four panels are repeated along the bracelet, all the panels are uniform in size and hinged together, the dark background creating the perfect foil for the scenes created in gold, copper and silver, the concealed tongue and box clasp slightly narrower and thicker than the other panels, with later safety chain.
  • OriginJapenese
  • Condition ReportVery fine
  • SettingGold, copper and silver, the tongue marked with four characters in a square.
  • Weight description61 grams
  • Dimensions17.5cm long / 7" long and 2.4cm / 0.9" wide
Directors notes
Shakudo is the Japanese term (meaning ‘black gold’) used to describe a type of metal alloy that is primarily composed of copper with a small quantity of gold added to it, typically between 2 and 7%. When treated with a solution it obtains a durable dark surface colouration against which the gold and silver inlay patterns show up in high contrast. The origins of Japanese metal art have been traced back centuries and there is some evidence it actually originated in Ancient Greece and Rome before the techniques and skills moved eastward.