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Metals and metal-working in old Japan (1915) (14597171478)

Metals and metal-working in old Japan (1915) (14597171478)



Identifier: metalsmetalworki00gowl (find matches)
Title: Metals and metal-working in old Japan
Year: 1915 (1910s)
Authors: Gowland, William, 1842-1922 Japan Society of London
Subjects: Art metal-work Metallurgy Metal-work
Publisher: (London? : s.n.)
Contributing Library: Smithsonian Libraries
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ss consistingof a wooden box with a glass bottom. Looking into the glassplaced on the water surface, whose wave disturbances are thuseliminated, they can clearly see the river-bed. Any gold piecethus sought is caught by a small clay ball attached to the topof a bamboo stick four to six feet long. Now and then theriver-bed is disturbed with a kind of plough. They say thatgold usually grows in nearly the same part of the river!This is practically gold fishing. In later times mineral veins bearing gold were discovered,and the precious metal was separated from them by the oldmethods of washing after the ores had been reduced to powder.The appliances used for crushing were of the simplest kind.The large pieces of rock were broken up with hand hammers ( 25 j to the size of large walnuts, and then reduced to coarse powder\)y means of a curious form of stamp which was worked withthe foot. The ore was further ground in a horizontal millresembling a flour-mill or quern, and the powder was tlien
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Fig. 3.—Extracting Gold from the Ore (Archceologia, LYl.). washed with water on an inclined trough, on the bottom ofwhich long sheets of cotton-cloth were laid (fig. 3). Theparticles of gold were caught on the rough surface of the•cloth, and the earthy material was carried away by the water. f 26 ) The cloths, after a time, were washed in tubs of water and thegold obtained. The metal, although found in many localities, was neverabundant in Japan, and the glowing accounts of the earlyvoyagers respecting the wonderful richness of the country ingold have no foundation in fact. Doubtless they had their origin in the erroneous assumptionthat the ornamental plates and appendages which were seento adorn so lavishly the principal temples and to form thearchitectural ornament of many ordinary dwellings were ofsolid gold, whereas they are only gilded copper. But thesumptuary laws recorded in ancient documents prove thatgold was always a precious metal to be used sparingly. Inthe ninth centumetalsmetalworki00gowl

In ancient Japan, metalworking was a highly skilled and respected craft that played a crucial role in the development of the country's culture and economy. Japanese metalworkers were renowned for their expertise in working with various metals, including iron, copper and bronze, and their creations were highly sought after both domestically and internationally. One of the most famous forms of metalworking in ancient Japan was sword making, which reached its peak during the feudal period. Japanese swords, known as katana, were renowned for their exceptional craftsmanship and sharpness. Swordsmiths used a complex process of folding and tempering steel to create blades that were both durable and flexible. In addition to sword making, Japanese metalworkers excelled at creating a wide range of other metal objects, including armour, tools, household items and religious artefacts. The intricate designs and attention to detail in these creations reflected the high level of skill and artistry possessed by Japanese metalworkers. The techniques and traditions of ancient Japanese metalworking have been preserved and passed down through the generations, with modern artisans still practising these ancient crafts. Today, Japanese metalwork remains an important part of the country's cultural heritage and continues to be celebrated for its beauty and craftsmanship.





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