Button

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), began using this method.

Physical description

Round metal button with surface designs in high relief: barefooted man with cap is dressed in robe and draped pants. He walks with a fan in left hand. Pole in right hand is supported on shoulder; from top end, two items hang: disc of reddish-coloured copper inlay with engraved bird in centre, and triangular shapes in gold inlay. Bow of robe under chin, fan, and pole all in gold inlay. Area surrounding figure has blackened finish with remainder of button a silvery colour. Reddish-coloured reverse side with slightly elevated rim has angular cut copper loop attached. Two areas of green oxidation.