Meaning of shakudo in English:


Pronunciation /ˈʃakuːdəʊ/


mass noun
  • A Japanese alloy of copper and gold, typically having a blue patina.

    ‘The dark-painted rim and foot imitate Japanese cloisonne enamel vases, which often feature dark rims and bases of shakudo, an alloy of antimony, copper, and gold.’
    • ‘Many modern owners see the coloration as tarnish and clean the surface, but it was probably intended to imitate the Japanese dark-colored alloys shibuichi and shakudo.’
    • ‘As a rule, the finest kozuka were of high-grade shakudo or shibuichi with gold overlay and inlay.’
    • ‘That same year Tiffany, working with his chief designer, Edward C. Moore, successfully launched a mixed-metal line that incorporated the Japanese techniques of shibuichi, shakudo, and mokume.’
    • ‘A rectangular front plate was formed from a thin sheet of metal such as low-grade shakudo or other lower-quality mixed metal.’


Mid 19th century Japanese, from shaku ‘red’ + dō ‘copper’.