Japanese Decorative Openwork | Sukashibori
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”.