【What is the Damascene "Kyo Zogan"?】
Our damascne craft is called Kyo Zogan.
Kyo Zogan is a traditional Kyoto handicraft created by carving a cloth-weave inlay texture onto thin iron sheets,
inlaying pure gold and silver designs onto the texture, applying lacquer over it, and then placing hatching onto
the gold and silver designs after polishing them.
.Zogan was born in Damascus in Syria, after which it is said to have been brought to Kyoto in the 8th century via
the Silk Road. Subsequently, the process of carving the cloth-weave inlay texture onto the thin iron sheets,
implanting the pure gold and silver, applying lacquer and baking was repeated and developed into
a unique technique which came to be called Kyo Zogan.
After the 16th century, the Umetada and Shoami family lines of sword smiths advanced the technique to be used as
ornamentation for swords, and it grew to become the refined and elegant art of Kyo Zogan.
After the age of the warriors came to an end, Zogan became to be used for such things as industrial artworks and
ornamentation for personal items, and currently the craft is highly praised as one of Kyoto's representative traditional industrial art forms.
Our Damascnes products are all manufactuered by our own craftmen.
You can enjoy our delicate and graceful world of the Damascene "Kyo Zogan".
Please click here for the manufacturing process.
【About this product】
The pattern of this plate shows Seven Gods of Fortunes and we call as "Shichi Fukujin".
Each one of them sybbolize a virtue: Honesty, Fortune, Dignity, Amiability, Longevity, Happiness and Wisdom.
They ware chosen from Hinduist, Buddhist, Taoist and Shintoist gods or saints, and settled into Japanese Folklore Gods, believed to have been grouped
together around 17th century.
The God who pours fishes in front is called "Ebisu", and if you see well the fishes, you will filnd very fine graving on surface and
it express the scales.
This is the gorgeous work that lot of gold leafs used on.
This is manufacturered by Zosen, a highly skilled craftman of our company.
Nanshu is known as a Master of Metal Arts of Kyoto and received sevarl prize by Public association of Kyoto.
His gorgeous and delicate works are higly estimated by a lot of people.
When the damascene is finished up, craftman engraves the patterns to create hatching. This is to give a three-dimensional effect.
By adjusting the angle and the lights, you can enjoy various expression of damascene.
Regarding this product, the small and sensitive graving on the wind would be charactristic.
Since this is a precious product, it would be great for the decoration of your living room or guestroom.
Please note that this product is one of a kind.
・Material: Iron, gold(24K), sterling silver
・Created in 1990's.
・Wood boxed product
・Country of origin : Japan
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