Japanese Shakudo Mixed-metal Copper and Brass Box
A beautiful antique mixed metal alloy Japanese box, made of brass with applied copper decorative elements. The type of mixed metal work is called Shakudo, historically used in Japan to decorate Samurai swords, small ornaments and other important items where function and form meet. This box dates to 1880, during the Meiji Era, and measures 1 x 2 x 2 inches. The box features 4 decorative copper floral arrangements around the circular base of the box and a larger basket, plant and bird arrangement on the lid. The copper pieces are applied metalwork, adding some relief to the box. Two birds are in flight on the lid, and around the base there are quails and an exotic long tailed bird. Flowers and fruit alternate in decorative motifs; the copper metal has a nice color to it, contrasting against the more yellow brass. The circular box open and closes perfectly, and it is in great condition. It is perfect for holding small personal items or jewelry. 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 flora and birds. A selection of Shakudo boxes are available, in a variety of sizes, as pictured with the listing.
DIAMETER: 2 in | HEIGHT: 1 in
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