Beautiful Japanese intense red enamel cloisonne rectangular box with hinged lid. It's deep red color is known as Akasuke or Pigeon Blood. It has a textured surface depicting Koi fish swimming in deep waters amidst reeds. Koi fish are symbols of love. In Japanese, Koi is also the word for love and friendship. Box base metal appears to be copper with a silver wash and bronze hinges. The box is marked on the bottom half, center interior, with a circular mark and " S. Inaba, Kyoto ". The Inaba Cloisonne Company was established in 1887 in Kyoto by Inaba Nanaho (or Shichiho) and is no longer in business. We have seen similar boxes described as circa 1930's. This is a heavy and sturdy piece, lid opens and closes well. Imperfections include tarnish, wear to plate, hinge repair and shelf wear to underside as shown. Shipped fully insured with tracking number.
Measurements: 4.5" by 3.3" by 1.6" (11.5 x 8.5 x 4 cm) approximately.
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