Iyo Shoami School


Formed in early Edo period.

Style Characteristics:

The majority of their work is in low relief carving, line carving, flat inlay, large areas of raised inlay, or mixed inlay. The common characteristic of most Shoami schools, i.e., nunome inlay, is rarely found in the work of this school. In essence the style is simple, naive and has a country feeling.

Plate Metal:

It is usual for the work of this school to be of soft metal plate (kawarigane) especially yamagane, bronze, and brass. The color of the plate is quite good. Iron plate is rare and its quality is usually inferior to those made with soft metal plate.



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