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Origins Of Damascene And Chokin Adornments As Seen On Vintage Japanese Powder Compacts

Origins Of Damascene And Chokin Adornments As Seen On Vintage Japanese Powder Compacts

The term damascene is said to be English and derived from the view that this sort of decoration resembles damask silk. This technique originated in Syria, Western Asia. Some hold the opinion that the term damascene derives from the name of Syria’s capital city, Damascus. It is believed that the process of creating damascene adornments was first practiced over 1,500 years ago. The people of the Orient regard damascene as a symbol of good fortune. 
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