Raden-lacquered is one of the sophisticated and beautiful Japanese style and technique on lacquerware and woodwork and it features inlays mother-of-pearl, abalone and other types of shells to decorate pieces.
At first, the thinner shell pieces are usually made using a template and a special punch and the pieces may be pressed into a very thick coating of lacquer, or applied using an adhesive and then lacquered over.
This blade was made during in the late Shinto era(around the 18th century) and the tang is ubu. The condition is good for the age and there are some very minor flaws. Although there is a pocket for Kozuka storage, Kozuka itself is missing.
It usually takes about 15-20 days to de-register this piece for exporting; therefore, please allow approximately 3-4 weeks for us to ship your order upon payment confirmation.