Rather unusual early Showa period (1910s) Japanese cloisonne pen tray decorated on the inside with two undulating dragons in flight among numerous stylized clouds. The dragons appear to be contesting 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), its bottom is slightly recessed and decorated with stylized clouds throughout, pleasantly heavy. Very attractive functional piece, in excellent condition. Length 8 1/2 inches, width 2 3/8 inches.