The end of the great Samurai era took with it not only the military nobility themselves but the revered artisans who crafted all weapons, armor, and other necessary accouterments of those magnificent warriors.
Shakudo, invented by the Japanese, is a metal alloy of copper that contains 3% to 5% of gold. It has a very dark blue color approaching black and traditionally was often used for sword fittings and handles.
In this case, a decorative piece takes the form of a hand fan. Emblazoned with raised flowers, two quail birds, and other foliage, these are set in a landscape with a backdrop of the night sky and poetically, a rising (or setting) moon.
Both yellow gold and silver are utilized to pluck out the details. In silver, the moon hovers in the distance, half covered by clouds, and nearby dots of stars or tiny landscape features are demarcated.
Each of the sticks of the fan, as well as the end guard, also shows the gilded color against the black background. Not the top fittings are also metal and not gold.
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