Higo inlays

About Higo inlays

Higo inlays originated during the Edo period (1603-1868), when the lord of the Higo Domain (now Kumamoto Prefecture) employed master artisans to decorate sword guards and gun barrels using inlay metalwork. After the carrying of swords by samurai was outlawed in 1870, Higo artisans switched to making decorative accessories and ornaments.
●Designated as a Traditional Craft of Japan in 2003

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