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 in – Length: 3,2 in – Width: 2,8 in