Authentic Shakudo mixed metal button hook from 19th C. Meiji period. A scene of Japanese life is depicted on both sides. One shows a yang lady with fan, flying bat with the moon on background. There is a child with butterfly cage. butterfly catcher net, and butterfly with the sun on the background. The figures are painstakingly crafted with creases and prints on kimono, details on the fan, cage, etc. The hook folds with spring working well. Bronze, silver, and gold were used in the piece. The presented piece covered with beautiful antique patina. It is 2" long, 1/2" wide. Many other Shakudo pieces on the market are usually made from buttons. This button hook is in it's original state.
Samurai sword smiths started making this type of the jewelry after samurai society was disbanded and outlawed with Meiji reform in the late 19th century. Menuki refers to ornate mountings of Japanese sword (katana).
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