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〔Niigata・ Metalwork〕Tsubame Beaten Copperware

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2020-11-02 to 2022-12-31

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Beaten copper work really began in the Tsubame area during the middle of the Edo period (1600-1868) when specialists from Sendai in present-day Miyagi prefecture come to the area and passed on their skills. Kettles were some of the first articles made using copper from a locally mined source.
During the latter part of the 19th century there was an active exchange of ideas and techniques with other areas and Tsubame Tsuiki Doki became established as an art craft to include the use of chasing. Subsequently this led to the development of a metal processing and treatment industry centered on the city of Tsubame.

Beaten copperware is best exemplified by the ability of a skilled craftsman to turn a single sheet of copper into a three-dimensional object simply by beating it with a hammer. The most highly skilled part of this work being the integral forming of a spout from the same single sheet when making a kettle. Water jugs, teapots, tea caddies and coasters are some of the other items now made alongside many other household articles including cooking pans, kettles, jugs, sake flasks and cup as well as a range of stationary items.

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