Rather unusual early Showa period (1910s) Japanese cloisonne paper weight in a form of a rectangular bronze strip, its top decorated with an undulating dragon in flight among numerous stylized clouds. The dragon is looking at a flaming roundel containing a single character HODOKO, which can be translated as “give/bestow/alms”. Beautifully made, black enamel background with fine original pitting, all exposed metal parts are gilded (some wear), pleasantly heavy. Very attractive functional piece, in excellent condition. Length 5 1/4 inches, width 1 inch.