image Flower vase of mokumegane.

Flower vase of mokumegane.

Living National Treasures Norio Tamagawa

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    Metal works
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    D22.5 H22.0
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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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Norio Tamagawa

  • Metal works
  • / Living National Treasures
  • / Full member, Japan Kogei Association

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