image Silver flower vessel with ink painting style inlay. “Waves of clouds”

Silver flower vessel with ink painting style inlay. “Waves of clouds”

Living National Treasure Yukie Osumi

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Detail

This vase was made from a flat silver disc by hammering and decorated with Nunome-Zogan or damascene work using gold and lead foils.
Chasing techniques such as embossing, engraving and nanako, covering with tiny grains reminiscent of fish eggs were used to express an image of deep mountains.
  • Category
    METALWORK
  • Size
    L24.5cm H25.0cm
  • Year of production
    2010

Technique

Smithing

On an indented section of a wooden stand, a flat piece of metal is beaten with a wooden mallet so it can be bent. After this, variously shaped iron bars known as ategane are poked toward the wooden platform to create a form gradually. A piece of metal must be beaten tens of thousands of times to create a single finished work.

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Metalinlay

In this technique, lines are carved into the surface of metal and different metals are inlaid in the carved-out lines, with the differences in the color and texture of metals creating the design. There are a variety of techniques such as hirazogan (flat inlay), in which flat sheets are inlaid to be the same height with the ground surface; takaniku zogan (high mounted inlay), where material is set on a high-relief metal ground; and nunome zogan (texture inlay), in which thin metal leaf is hammered into a carved pattern.

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Embossing

Starting with a sheet of metal, you use a wide range of implements and beat it from both the front and the back many times to create a three-dimensional form. Some are highly pronounced three-dimensional forms, while others are shallow reliefs like those seen on brooches and kimono sash ornaments.

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ARTIST&WORK

image Yukie Osumi

Yukie Osumi

  • METALWORK
  • / Living National Treasure
  • / Full member, Japan Kogei Association

On tankin (hammered) vessels and by applying the traditional techniques of chasing, mainly nunome-zogan (textile imprint inlay), OSUMI captures the feelings of nature with motifs of formless fl・・・

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