Meiji Era Japanese Shakudo Brass and Copper Box
A beautiful antique mixed metal alloy Japanese appliqué box, made of brass with copper figures 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 where form and function meet. This box dates to 1880 during the Meiji era, and measures 1-1/2 x 2-1/4 x 3-1/2 inches. The box features a man and a woman, both in traditional dress, walking in a garden landscape of Japanese blossom trees, and other plants. A house is etched in the distance. The figures are made of applied copper and have a slight relief to them. Their dress shows detailed etch-work and their faces are nicely rendered. The landscape is etched with elegant restrain- the lid is etched with line work that resembles Japanese brushwork. On the sides there are applied brass ornamental elements such as a bird on a branch, a bouquet, a traditional basket and a vase. The box open and closes perfectly, and it is in great condition. This box was once possibly used to hold soap, or as a travel box. 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.
WIDTH: 3 in | HEIGHT: 1 in | DEPTH: 2 in
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