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.
We will be listing several other lacquer trays in this style and size - they would make a superb group of five for the table. Many household items in Japan come in sets of five. In Japanese the number 4 means "death" in Japanese. The Japanese people do not like to use the number 4, so it seems as if they added an extra one to avoid the ill feeling. (Just as many buildings in the US and Europe do not have a thirteenth floor). We would be happy to quite a special price for a package of any of the five trays.