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Kikujido's Blessings Box

Jim Kelso

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Here is a new piece which is 85mm square. The design is an allusion to the legend of Kikujido (chrysanthemum-boy), one of my favorite Japanese legends. I'm attaching a pdf file which explains the legend.


The lid is shibuichi, in this case 50% copper and 50% silver representing water flowing in a stream. A twig in the water has caught a single chrysanthemum leaf, presumably a blessing sent by Kikujido. Also floating in the water is a single chrysanthemum flower petal. The twig is made from what I call kuri (Chestnut) shibuichi which is 98% copper and 2% silver. The leaf and petal are 22k gold.




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