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Objects of the Week Archive

Object of the Week for August 17

1 Oban, Japan, 1716-1837

The Tokugawa period in Japanese history lasted from 1601 to 1867 and was characterized by the oban, a large oval golden plate worth approximately $2,500 today. The oban features ink and carved inscriptions and a stamp to combat currency forgery.

Life in Edo, Japan 1603-1868