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This antique Japanese shakudo brooch gets more magnificent the closer you look at it, and is just as much a work of art, as it is a piece of jewellery. Shakudo is an alloy of gold and copper, having around 4 to 10% gold and 90 to 96% copper, and was originally designed for swords such as the katana, and after the end of the samurai class grew obsolete, the shakudo masters turned their attention to jewellery, resulting in such a unique and distinct style of jewellery that is truly unto itself. The brooch measures 60mm across by 37.5mm, and is highlighted with among other aspects, peacocks, butterflies and snails. All of these are important aspects of both Japanese and Buddhist culture, with the peacock representing longevity and wisdom, the snail tolerance, perseverance and fertility and butterflies among other aspects, death and rebirth. This brooch is truly so unique and beautiful, and will surely become a family heirloom that will be loved and treasured. Stock# ET327 Circa: 1870 $Sold.
These antique Japanese shakudo fan style earrings are truly exceptional and will not only always be admired every single time that they are worn, but also be an amazing talking point. Shakudo is an mixture of gold and copper, having around 4 to 10% gold and 90 to 96% copper, and was originally made by the sword makers who turned their attention and craft to jewellery making after the decline for swords after the end of the samurai class grew obsolete.This resulted in a type of jewellery that is unlike any other and truly miniature works of art. These fan style earrings both have a delicate scene of a fish and a bird amongst water lilies, and from near or far these earrings are so incredibly captivating. With the main section measuring 59.5mm wide by 38.4, it also measures 79mm from the bottom to the very top making these a wonderful large size destined to always be noticed and admired. Perfect for any time of the day or night, these antique shakudo earrings are just spectacular. Stock# ES8496 Circa: 1870 $Sold.