The tray measures 10.7 " inches square and is 1.3" high at the rim. The design is executed in makie and takamakie on a shiny black roiro ground. The design is an interesting scene of a woman leaning over a stream and filling a bucket in the stream. In the bucket there is a long stemmed stick that almost looks like an arrow sticking out of the bucket - perhaps it is a stirring stick. Behind her is a large pine tree. The horizontal limbs of the tree are done in silver colored lacquer.
We date the tray to the Golden Age of Japanese lacquer -the mid to late Meiji period, circa 1885-1905. It is in excellent condition - there are two tiny rim frits on the top edge - and two of the triangular legs also have very tiny nicks.