Shakudo Butterfly

DocuJewel® 37272.8
Type of Jewel: Objet d'Art

Bird and Flower Motif
Metal: 4-10% gold, 96-90% copper, mostly designed for its dark blue-black lacquer-like appearance patina. It was historically used in Japan to decorate katana fittings such as tsuba and kozuka. When it was introduced to the West in the mid-19th century, it was thought to be previously unknown outside Asia, but recent studies have suggested close similarities to certain decorative alloys used in ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome.

1" Height 7/8" Widest Width