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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.
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).
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Height: 4.2 cm, Diameter: 9.8 cm
Object history note
Purchased from T. J. Sarkin, esq., 28 New Bond Street, for £10.
Box and cover
East Asia Collection