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Shibuichi Carpenter Ant Pendant
Product Description for Shibuichi Carpenter Ant Pendant
Maker: Tom Sterling (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 90092
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Item weight: 0.90 oz.
Size: approx. 1.4" x 3/4"
Description: The Carpenter Pendant is a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry created by engraving, inlay and carving shibuichi. Shibuichi means "one-fourth" in Japanese and indicates the standard formulation of one part silver to four parts copper. Until Japan's Meiji reforms (late 19th century), when swordsmiths began to make purely decorative objects instead of swords, shibuichi was used to ornament various fittings for katana.
The pendant measures approximately 1.4 inch by 3/4 inches and shows a carpenter ant crawling across a wooden log. The Shibuichi is meticulously carved to show the knots and bark on the log. The ant is inlaid in 24kt gold. The backing is Sterling silver. The 18 inch Agentium silver chain and fittings are tarnish resistant. This pendant clearly shows Tom's experience making netsuke (small sculptural objects, or toggles, usually worn to suspend objects hung from the sash of the kimono).
Exceptional work throughout!
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