image Iron box with design in damascene inlay. “Flutter of butterfly’s wings like music”

Iron box with design in damascene inlay. “Flutter of butterfly’s wings like music”

Masami Ichikawa

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    Metal works
  • Size
    L12.0 W35.0 H11.0

Techniques

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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image Masami Ichikawa

Masami Ichikawa

  • Metal works
  • / Full member, Japan Kogei Association

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