Mid-late nineteenth century Shakudo box

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Mid-late nineteenth century Shakudo box.

   This box was made in Japan in the mid-late nineteenth century. Shakudo is the use of mixed metals to produce an object and was favoured as a method by the sword makers to the Samurai. This box is made from bronze with different variants to the metals in the decoration to give colour and decorative quality in the raised and applied reliefs. The top panel shows two Oni (Demons) in battle, while the front and back of the box show day to day scenes of domesticity. All these are highlighted in gold.

   This late Edo / early Meiji Period box stands 6cm high, is 7cm wide and 4.5cm deep. (Measurements approximate). The box has a lined metal interior. The top relief is a little loose, but secure. There may /may not have been a tiny loss to one of the relief panels, wear appropriate to the items age. It has no restoration.