The appeal and longevity of art are often rooted in ancient themes. In Japanese art, such as the art of chokin, it is not only what is created in the space, but what is absent from the space. From bonsai art and flower arrangement, to ancient samurai sword engravings and art of chokin vases, it is the fragile balance between the two that becomes the beauty. Chokin art, the process of artistically engraving copper, was used in the 12th century to decorate weapons and military supplies. Today's art reflects that rich, cultural history in fine collectibles, including decorator plates, vases, and spoons featuring copper-etched art designs gilded with 24K gold or silver edges. Art of chokin usually conveys traditional themes from Japanese landscapes and scenery to subdued, nature-inspired designs with flowers or animals such as peacocks, hummingbirds, and butterflies. The vases, ranging from six to eight inches high, have an etched medallion on fine porcelain. There is a vast inventory of chokin art on eBay including trinket boxes, special occasion plates, vases, and fans.
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