Here are 2 hand-painted clam shells with a wood display stand. We think they might be replicas since the gold framing the picture looks hand-painted but the pictures might be transferred. They are pieces from a matching game that was played long ago by the Japanese nobility - Kaiawase or Kai Awase. The shells measure about 3-1/2" x 3" and the wood stand is 10" long. We think the game was made up of clam shells that were separated with the same picture being painted inside the separated set. The outer shell was smoothed and the object was to guess the matching shells, revealed when they were turned over and the pictures matched. In other words, a beautiful form of Concentration. Replicas or not, they are great!
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