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16th Century Study Piece
Minor traces of a Celadon shade of green lacquer appears in negative spaces. This technique, which filled the negative spaces carved out of the plate, is known as 'champleve' (lifted field). Basically, fusing the color to the base metal with heat. This guard is clearly not of Japanese origin, but has been adapted to Japanese use, the hitsu-ana and shakudo fukurin were later additions. Vestiges of gold and silver inlay appear both sides.
Iron is an inferior substrate for enameling. Hirata Donin is said to have learned enameling from Koreans, some say in Hirado. Hirado also traded with Korea well into the Edo period.
7.8cm x 7.3cm x 0.40cm

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