Incredible large Fumi-bako, wooden lacquered letter box from Late Meiji period (1890's-1910's). It measures 5.25" high by 13" wide by 16.75" deep.The cover has a pair of roosters with bamboo tress and inside has elegant butreflies. They are painted over Nashiji lacquer.Nashiji, also called Aventurine, in Japanese lacquerwork, form of makie that is frequently employed for the background of a pattern as you see from this box. Gold or silver flakes called Nashiji-ko are sprinkled onto the surface of the object (excluding the design), on which lacquer has been applied. Nashiji lacquer is then applied and burnished with charcoal, so that the gold or silver can be seen through the lacquer. This is in a great condition.