A very finely painted Arita ring shaped wagata-bako porcelain box. It was probably used to contain cosmetics, possibly an Oshiroi-bako, used to contain white face powder. The cover is decorated in Shonsui style with a ring of maru-mon, brocade roundels incorporating the three friends of winter, Shochikubai, Pine, Bamboo and Plum blossom. The underside of the box is decorated with a karahana arabesque. The interior of both the top half and the lower half of the box decorated with wild flowers. Dating late Edo circa 1850.
The covered box measures 13.5cm in diameter and stands 6cm high. It is in perfect condition, just some kiln flaws, notably some glaze stick to the underside of the lower half of the box. Shipping at Cost.