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Antique Japanese Earrings, 19th Century

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Antique Japanese Earrings, 19th Century

Once decorations on sword handles, the earrings shown are an example of the Japanese art form known as Shakudo. Gold, silver and other metals were mixed to form ornamental designs. The earring tops picture a gold bird of paradise and a spray of flowers. Below, on one earring, is a large golden blossom surrounded by deeply engraved leaves. The other earring is a ridged floral pod amidst the same large leaves. This traditional metal art was used in the Samurai era by esteemed artisans who crafted swords, weapons and armor. Examples can be seen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. When the Samurai class was abolished in the late 19th century, Shakudo was made into decorative objects and jewelry. Though not frequent to the market, It is well known by collectors of this specific art form and by those who study antique jewelry . Width 3/8 in. Length 2 1/4"

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