Late Meiji (1890s to 1912) Japanese silver cigarette case with inlaid and engraved scene of two porters carrying a small palanquin and 3 farmers caught in the rain, design continuing on 2 sides of the case. Did not photograph well - the are a lot of reflections from photography. The design is taken from the woodblock print by Ando Hiroshige “Sudden Shower at Shōno”, station number 46 from the series “Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō” printed in 1834/35. Inlays are done all the way through, so the image on the inside of the case is the mirror image of the one on the outside. Excellent quality chiseling (see the strokes defining rain coat and hat of the farmers and impressionistic depiction of bamboo). Marked SILVER and signed TOMOJI on the inside (see Enlargement 6, on the right under the elastic band), overall in great condition, no dents, hinges and lock work perfectly. Size 5 1/2 x 3 inches.