A Ryukyu islands hiramaki-e and shell inlaid lacquer fubako (poem paper box). Decorated with two cranes under a cedar tree and amongst chrysanthemums.
Cranes represent love and longevity (they mate for life) ~ a popular subject for Haiku poetry. The cedar tree, steadfastness and the chrysanthemum is often Japan itself.
Meiji Period 1868-1912.
Length 39 cm. W 10.5 cm. Ht. 8.5 cm.