Satsuma Kiriko

History of Satsuma kiriko

Kiriko is the Japanese name for cut glass that has incised ornamentation on its surface. The Shimazu clan (Kagoshima prefecture) began manufacturing Satsuma kiriko in 1846 when Shimazu Narioki (1791-1859), the tenth lord of the Shimazu clan, recruited glass artisans from Edo (Tokyo). Books from Nagasaki that described foreign glass manufacturing techniques were also consulted. Shimazu Nariakira(1809-1858), the eleventh lord of Shimazu clan, also promoted the craft and succeeded in coloring of crimson, indigo, purple, green, and yellow. The beautiful Satsuma kiriko, also called Satsuma garasu or Satsuma biidoro, was a very advanced product for the time. Many noble people loved the glass and sent it as gifts to feudal    […]

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At a glance, you will find the shines of Satsuma Kiriko are not as same as normal glasses, because it is a crystal glass. It shines brilliantly. It is not in no way inferior to European cut glasses. Satsuma Kiriko contains a tiny quantity of lead, as the feature of crystal glasses. Because of it, when you hold it on your hand, you can feel the certain weight of the crystal glass. Satsuma Kiriko started from imitating European cut glasses. However most cut patterns of Satsuma Kiriko are traditional Japanese patterns or typical Satsuma patterns, so it has the unique atmosphere different from European glasses. Satsuma Kiriko is a high-quality    […]