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Shakudo is a Japanese billon (in this instance, an alloy of gold and copper) that is patinated in a manner that resembles lacquer. The Meiji period plaques in this collection of fifteen are of shakudo, with gilt accents to highlight particular details. The set includes four square plaques with chamfered corners, six circular plaques, two octagonal and one hexagonal plaque, and two of irregular shape. The plaques depict traditional scenes in bas relief accented with gilt: courtly figures, herons, owls, and other birds and flowers. Plaques such as the ones in the present collection are now often found set within mounts as jewellery, such as cufflinks, necklaces, and brooches.
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