Shimmering River
Tanaka Terukazu (b. 1945)
Japan, Tokyo, 2005
Copper, copper alloy (shakudo), gold and silver gilding

Tanaka joined sheets of blue-black shakudo (copper with 3 percent gold) to either end of a central sheet of copper to form the lid and base of this box. He then hammered the metal patchwork over iron anvils to raise the curved forms. Look closely at the gleaming shakudo surfaces to see minute facets left by his hammer strokes.