This rare lacquer box came from the estate of a collector of Asian Art. The box is of a heavy, sturdy lacquer with a finish that is as smooth as silk. The story that I was told is that this is a pillow box: write your prayers, dreams or wishes, put them in the box and sleep on it. They just may come true! The box is beautifully decorated with birds and foliage on the top and front. The sides have a curious wrap around effect, all beautifully executed and also decorated with a brass handle on each side. The front has a Chines style hasp that will take a Chinese bar lock (not included). Condition of the inside and outside of the box is excellent for its age, there is some wear to the hinge where it moves; I mentioned the silk like texture.
Measurements are: 12 1/8" by 4 3/4" and 6 1/8" tall.