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Osaka naniwa pewterware
About Osaka naniwa pewterware

Tin and pewterware is believed to have been introduced to Japan during the Japanese missions to Sui China in the 6th and 7th century. Originally, tin was used to craft religious articles, and their use was limited to a select few. During the Edo period (1603-1868), pewterware production flourished in Osaka, and their use spread to the common folk.

Osaka Naniwa pewterware is made by casting molten tin into a mold, then mounting the solid piece onto a lathe to polish it and adjust its shape and thickness. Depending on the item, the artisan may also attach additional parts, give the surface a hammered finish, or paint designs using lacquer.

Today, the majority of Osaka Naniwa pewterware is produced by just one company. Making use of traditional techniques, they produce a variety of pewter products such as sake cups, tea canisters, and other items suitable for today's lifestyle.

Designated as a Traditional Craft of Japan in 1983
Creators of Osaka naniwa pewterware
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