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Gilt-copper decorative harness fitting


Length: 21.000 cm

William Gowland Collection

Asia JA OA+1253

Rooms 92-94: Japan

    Gilt-copper decorative harness fitting

    From Japan
    Late Kofun period, 6th century AD

    This harness fitting was excavated by the amateur archaeologist William Gowland from the Akasaka dolmen group in Mino Province. It is a fine example of the decorative metalworker's skill. The elegant shape is offset by a continuous border of silver-headed imitation rivet heads. The whole is gilded with copper using the mercury amalgam technique. A piece of the original leather strap is still attached to the hole at the top.

    L. Smith, V. Harris and T. Clark, Japanese art: masterpieces in (London, The British Museum Press, 1990)


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