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Obidome (obi brooch) with iris design in inlaid stone

Accession Number
2005/1.367

Title
Obidome (obi brooch) with iris design in inlaid stone

Artist(s)
Japanese

Artist Nationality
Japanese (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
circa 1925-1940

Medium & Support
gold-toned metal with stone inlay (pietra dura)

Dimensions
1 9/16 in. x 9/16 in. x 5/16 in. ( 4 cm x 1.5 cm x 0.8 cm )

Credit Line
Gift of Howard and Patricia Yamaguchi

Subject matter
The iris is a German iris, not Japanese, and the worksmanship is not Japanese. This was probably a brooch imported and converted into an obidome. Obidome were very popular in the Taisho and early Showa periods.

Physical Description
Gold-toned metal with inlaid stone (pietra dura) design on face, cut-out iris on reverse,

Primary Object Classification
Jewelry

Primary Object Type
personal adornment

Additional Object Classification(s)
Metalwork

Collection Area
Asian

Rights
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Keywords
brooches
kimonos
obis

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