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Language: Japanese
Source: In common use

Nanako (魚子/斜子) literally means "fish-roe". It is the name for a pattern of punched dots that resemble a certain type of fabric. The work is usually executed on shakudō but is at times seen on other materials as well.

The type of work was done in the Nara period already, as evidenced by some work and a set of stamps used to do the work that were preserved in the 8th century Shōsōin treasure house.

On sword mounts it was popularized by the Gotō school and its many offshoots who were famous for work in black shakudō nanako with golden designs in high relief. This became the standard style of sword mounts worn on formal events during the Edo period.

 

Shakudō kozuka

shakudō nanako by-knife handle called kozuka.
Listed at Mandarin Mansion in 2021.

 

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Carved out of copper alloy with details highlighted in gold.

€250,-

Very delicate work with carved guardian lions.

€500,-

Unusual tsuba with foreign figures and Chinese auspicious symbols.

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€475,-

Very finely carved with designs reminiscent of export wares.

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