Japanese early Meiji Period iron heart-shaped box. It is finely inlaid with gold decorations on sides, gold and shakudo Maple trees with leaves, and clouds; a few leaves are low relieved and are made from shakudo. There is also two low relieved shakudo and gold inlaid pair of shishi and Paradise birds.
The interior of the box is made with silver. There is a pierced ornamental decoration over the center of the bottom.
The box is in excellent condition and it closes perfectly and tight. There are no losses or damages; all inlays are in tact (no missing inlays); original patina and no wear, no dings or damages.
3 3/4" x 2 7/8" deep x 1 1/2" tall