Kobako flowers


Kobako of rounded shape, the lid and the exterior of the box is decorated with lacquer flowers in hiramakie (gold dust and transparent lacquer), makibokashi (spray of gold dust making a clouding effect) and kirigane (little squares cutted in a golden or silver leave, to make a mosaic) on a black lacquer background. The interior is in nashiji lacquer (golden background with a rough surface, remembering a japanese pear. The nashiji lacquer is a spray of gold or silver flakes, of different colours and sizes, even though the lacquer is still wet. In the end, the lacquer is varnished in red-yellow). 
Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912)
Height: 1,2 inLength: 3,2 inWidth: 2,8 in