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  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    1880-1890 (made)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This small elegant box takes the form of a drum and has a silver lid with an engraved design of a cockerel and hen among creeper. This style of engraving on metal is known as katakiri-bori and the angled cuts replicate the brushstrokes of a traditional Japanese ink painting. The sides of the drum are of the marbled and patinated bronze alloy known as mokumegane, a replication in metal of wood grain.

Physical description

Box and cover. Bronze and silver, in the form of a flat drum; the sides and bottom consist of a marbled bronze in red and black (mokume); the silver cover is engraved with a cock and hen with tendrils; the rims are decorated with studs of black bronze (shakudo).

Place of Origin

Japan (made)


1880-1890 (made)


Height: 4.2 cm, Diameter: 9.8 cm

Object history note

Purchased from T. J. Sarkin, esq., 28 New Bond Street, for £10.

Descriptive line

Box and cover


Bronze; Silver

Subjects depicted

Hen; Cockerel


East Asia Collection

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