Victorian Huge Mixed Metals Bird Motif Shakudo Pendant
Shakudo is the use of mixed metal alloys and was originally used in Japanese armor and swords. Artisans would sometimes remove the Shakudo plaques from the armor and incorporate it into jewelry or art. It has become very collectible and quite unusual.
This unique and very substantial pendant from the Victorian (ca1880) era is a wonderful example of the Shakudo art form! The pendant has a very large oval shape with raised 3-dimensional detail. The design features a stunning nature scene that comes alive with birds, trees, blooming flowers, leafy branches, bugs, and a stream of water that winds through a stony bank. Forming each element of the image are bright accents in coppery red, silver, and bright gold hues that stand out perfectly against the matte, oxidized background. The various mixed metals look wonderful together and bring the image to life. The Shakudo plaque is held within a gold and sterling bezel, which hangs from a large gold fluted bail at the top. A true work of art, this artistic Shakudo pendant would look perfect on a favorite chain and would make a marvelous addition to any collection!
Measurements: The pendant hangs 3 1/4" long (including the bail). The oval-shaped plaque (and surrounding bezel frame) measures 2 3/4" tall, 1 3/4" wide, and 3/16" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the pendant is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the mixed metals Shakudo design or gold and sterling frame. The gold bail is secure and in good working condition.