Rare 19th Century Japanese Shakudo Locket
This beautiful antique Japanese Shakudo pendant is also a very special locket. The Japanese word Shakudo is typically 4–10% gold, 96–90% copper. Shakudo was historically used in Japan to decorate small ornaments, swords and other ornate and important items. This type of mixed metal-work originated in Japan, and it did not enter the West until the late 1800s. The locket is double-sided, a true gem and wonderful to admire. The rectangular locket has a bamboo frame surrounding two different birds in two different landscapes. The bamboo is a mixed metal alloy of copper and gold. On one side there is a small cardinal bird perched on a blooming branch. On the other side there is a taller bird, a crane perhaps, drinking from a stream under the shade of a tree. Each landscape features gold, silver and copper inlay. A little loop at the top is ready to be fastened onto a chain. The locket can hold two pictures, one on each side. It opens and closes easily and it is in great condition. This locket dates to the middle of the 19th Century. It is a rare and collectible piece of jewelry, with particularly beautiful Japanese classic motives, oriental flowers, and exquisite birds. The locket measures 1 1/4 by 1 inch and weighs 19.81 grams.
WIDTH: 1 in | HEIGHT: 1¼ in | DEPTH: 0¼ in
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