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Gilt-copper decorative harness fitting

500/599

British Museum

British Museum

This harness fitting was excavated by the amateur archaeologist William Gowland from the Akasaka dolmen group in Mino Province. It is a fine example of the decorative metalworker's skill. The elegant shape is offset by a continuous border of silver-headed imitation rivet heads. The whole is gilded with copper using the mercury amalgam technique. A piece of the original leather strap is still attached to the hole at the top.

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  • Title: Gilt-copper decorative harness fitting
  • Date Created: 500/599
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 24.20cm
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Technique: gilded
  • Subject: ornament
  • Registration number: OA+.1253
  • Production place: Made in Japan
  • Place: Found/Acquired Akasaka
  • Period/culture: Late Kofun
  • Material: copper; gold
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum

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