Meiji Era Japanese Mixed Metal and Copper Shakudo Box

(Japan, 19th Century)

Meiji Era Japanese Mixed Metal and Copper Shakudo Box
2554 Lincoln Blvd # 696
Venice, CA, 90291
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Meiji Era Japanese Mixed Metal and Copper Shakudo Box


A beautiful antique mixed metal alloy Japanese box, made of brass with a copper figure on top. The type of mixed metal work is called Shakudo, historically used in Japan to decorate Samurai swords, small ornaments and other important items. This box dates to 1880 during the Meiji era, and measures 7/8 x 1-3/4 x 2-1/4 inches. The box features a man in traditional dress, sitting in a natural landscape of bamboo plants. The landscape is etched in elegant restraint, while the man sitting is highly detailed and has remarkably realistic facial features. Next to the man a bird is captured in mid flight. The bird like the figure is also appiqué, or added on metalwork that creates some relief. All sides of the box are etched with line work that resembles Japanese brushwork. The interior of the box has an unique dividing system, also made of brass that was used for organizing stamps. The two sections of this box can be used for holding jewelry or small personal items. The box open and closes perfectly, and it is in great condition. Shakudo mixed metal-work originated in Japan, and it did not enter the West until the late 1800s. This box is a rare and collectible item, with particularly beautiful Japanese classic motifs, of bamboo, flora and birds. Additional boxes are available in the shop.


Origin Japan
Category Boxes
Period 19th Century

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