Shakudo Fuchikashira Decorated with Abe no Nakamaro
Shakudo fuchikashira decorated with Abe no Nakamaro. A Japanese scholar and waka poet active in Nara period. In 717 he was part of the Japanese envoy to China where he stayed for the rest of his life. He passed civil service examination and took different administrative positions. Since 734 he tried to get back to Japan, but due to obstacles and unfortunate situations he was never able to do it. He died in 770 at the age of 72. Abe no Nakamaro is best know for his poem abut longing of this homeland:
"As I gaze out, far across the plain of heaven, ah, at Kasuga from behind Mount Mikasa, It's the same moon that came out then"
Fuchikashira made of shakudo with nanako and migaki (polished) ground. With silver, shibuichi inlay and gold iroe. Please take a closer look at the moon at the ura (reverse side) of fuchi. It is not visible in every light. However when kept in hand it glows beautifully when moved around under the light.