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Exceptional Antique Japanese Copper Flower Vase
Rich hand-hammered copper flower vase with a mixed metal silver carp swimming in raised relief. Signed by the acclaimed Hiroshima metal artist 'Ito Sekko' who was born 1884-d.1972. His real name was Ito Takuro but took the artist name Sekko in Hiroshima in the early 30's. Called'Dochu' in Japanese, Dochu copperware is made of a specially alloyed copper sheet, first annealed then made into the form of a utensil. The alloyed copper sheet is placed on an anvil and is skillfully hammered or chiseled. Engraving and small metal fittings are applied to the surface of the utensil, which is then smoked with rice straw to fix the resin. Finally,it is polished with oil and fat so that tsuchime (the hammer patterns) show beautifully. To make tsuchime, it is hammered thou-sands of times; over ten thousand hammerings total are required for each work. This work demands a great deal of patience. Dochu utensils, Whether vases, ornament trays, pots, tea ceremony utensils, cake servers, or whatever they are, change to dark subdued tones from their original copper red, as time goes by. Thus a gracefulness emanates from them. The origin of dochu dates back to when Lord Asano moved to Hiroshima from Kishu Provincei (now Wakayama Prefecture and part of Mie Prefecture). He brought to Hiroshima a copper craftsman, Kiyoshi, who was immersed in his work day and night. The lord dubbed him dochu or Copper-worm. With the lord's protection given to dochu work, the technique developed, but it died out late in the Edo era. In 1902, the technique was again studied and restored by Takuro Ito, and it continues to this day. H:30cm x Diameter: 17cm. Ask for shipping quote.


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