Nunome-Zogan – a blink into traditional Japan

teacher: Elisa Deval

Nunome -Zogan is a traditional metalsmithing technique which draws its origin from China and is used in several Asian countries called in different ways.

In Japan the technique was used to decorate the Koshirae, the mount of the sword in its various component parts, such as the Tsuba, or for the decoration of accessories used by Samurai warriors, valuable boxes and precious hair ornaments for women.
In the three days of the course the students will learn to prepare the base metal sheet with a Mekiri-Tagane. This particular engraving  tool produces the typical texture  neccessary for the application of the silver or gold inlay.
After the application of the decoration the sheet will be thoroughly sanded and polished before the final colouring with the Rokusho technique.

The metal used as a base will be Shibuichi and Shakudo, Japanese copper and silver alloys that allow very intense and particular colouring in order to emphasize the inlay.

The tools will be supplied for the duration of the course and can be bought on request. The Shibuichi or Shakudo sheets are included in the course price whereas the fine gold or the fine silver used for the inlay has to be provided by the participants.


tsuba 15th century



gold on iron



Sungho Cho, Pomok Sannggam technique

Sungho Cho, Pomok Sannggam technique


Gold on shakudo dett

gold on shakudo


Silver on Shibuichi

silver on shibuichi


gold on shakudo rounded

gold on shakudo rounded




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