Metalwork in Netsuke

Metalwork in Netsuke
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One group of Japanese artisans forced to adapt in this fast-changing climate were the metalworkers who for centuries had worked to fill the needs of samurai, producing swords, fittings, and other metal objects. With the dissolution of the warrior class, the main source of income for metalworkers was virtually eliminated. Many saw promise in the netsuke market and modified their traditional techniques to make netsuke. A majority of these netsuke were kagamibuta (,mirror lid) although other metal netsuke were produced, in addition to minute metal pieces for use as inlays on other carvings.

- Chris Drosse, LACMA, (2006)