Here is a three-footed cloisonné inkwell of round form and inverted rim designed with chidori-shaped cartouches in textile patterns on its lid and jeweled neckline. In the traditional shippo style of the Meiji Period, this inkwell is decorated with three foliate-shaped cartouches on a deep-blue enameled ground, each interlinked by elaborate clasps in muted enamel colors.
Idyllic scenes of nature representative of the Japanese landscape are portrayed on each cartouche - bird perched on sakura tree, cranes watering near stream, overhanging wisteria above iris. This small treasure is in very good condition with Ota Tomashiro attribution and includes copper liner.
Meiji Period, Japan