A Japanese, Ryukyuan type, lacquer charger. Inlaid mother of pearl decoration of figures in landscape on black lacquer in the center surrounded by red lacquer. A band of black lacquer also exposed just inside the rim - also with mother of pearl inlay. The egde of the charger rubbed for that prized negoro affect of exposing the black lacquer background through an invariably worn coat of red lacquer. This sensibility in mother of pearl inlay work is typical of the Ryukyu islands (including Okinawa) and has an affinity with similar, Korean work. Fairly good condition with no blemishes on the front but some wear and minor distress on the verso including back edge of the rim. Diameter 14 1/8 inches.