Great Yatate with Shakudo Carved Basin Lid and Silver Deck
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A beautiful yatate with a lid of carved Japanese shakudo accented with inlaid silver and gold. The deck portion of the sumitsubo (ink basin) is all silver, even under the lid.
Shakudo is a unique Japanese alloy made from gold and copper (generally around 4% gold). Shakudo's stellar trait, particularly in antique shakudo, is that by design its patina will change to a deep blue / purple with time.
The sumitsubo is a bit loose, although it is not actually separated from the stem and will not come off. There are no visible cracks, just a separation of the solder that originally kept the ink basin tight.
- Yatate Length: 17.2 cm
- Yatate Ink Basin Height: 1.5 cm
- Yatate Ink Basin Diameter: 3.8 cm