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About this object

History of use

Worn on clothing. Repousse is highly used and treasured decorative method on sword furniture such as the guard (tsuba), hilt, and other mountings, and on armour. Japanese masters in the art of adding coloured metals (uttori) for decorative purposes since Joshin, member of the Goto family (1511-1562), first began using this method.

Physical description

Round metal button with surface designs in high relief: dark finish overall; robust figure of bald-headed man wading through water. He wears draped pants, cloak, and carries items on his back from over-the-shoulder pole supported out front by both hands. Highest elevation is polished and smooth. Reverse with elevated rim. Central area has spotted copper and gold lacquer-like finish with soldered loop attached over top.