Condition: Excellent, Good
This carved metal and open work patter is referred to as Sukashibori. They were often used to represent the “halo” for Buddha statues, a technique in which part of a metal sheet are cut out to create an open design. The design is sometimes cut out with a fretsaw, in which case the edges of the cut are sharp and hard-edged as shown. The piece is in Very Good condition, but is in “need of a Buddha”. The finish is black iron oxide. Age: Edo period. Dimensions: 2-3/4” x 2-7/8”.
Excellent Condition- In unused, or like-unused condition. No visual or structural or surface wear or damage shown. Pristine. As good as the day it was made.
Great Condition- Appears in slightly used condition but looks "Like New". Some minor wear, but retains the original craft/workmanship. May show minor wear, that does not affect the main design, or associated motif. No cracks, dents, chips or missing elements.
Good Condition- Minor wear which can be restored or repaired; may have surface flaws, like staining or soiling, confined to a small area. The flaw(s) are counterbalanced by another feature, like brilliant color or innovative design. Some fading or the piece may have been altered in some fashion.
Fair Condition- Main aesthetic/design showing damage. Excessive noticeable wear or damage. Worth buying if can be restored/repaired because of its aesthetic or design appeal or rarity. Note: wear/damage consistent with age/use can often enhance the 'Antique' qualities of a piece, giving it a desirable second chance in one's collection