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Inlay is one of Japan's oldest traditional crafts and has a history of over 1000 years. In this long history of inlay art in Japan, Kyoto’s distinct style stands out from the rest, in that metals like pure gold and silver are inlayed into boxes, creating delicate works of art with beautiful shining gold and silver detail on jet-black surfaces.

From the Muromachi period until the Edo Period, these Kyoto damascene were popularly used as ornaments on Japanese swords and armour. More recently, other delicate works such as vase became renowned overseas. Please take the time to appreciate the famous Kyoto’s damascene.