Gilt-copper decorative harness fitting


British Museum

British Museum
London, United Kingdom

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.


  • 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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