Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912)
Of rectangular form, the wood core with multiple ivory segments simulating basket weave, the cover with a central rectangular reserve with a different weave pattern and inlaid with mother-of-pearl, tortoiseshell, and partly stained bone, depicting three dancing anthropomorphic sparrows from the tale of the Tongue-Cut Sparrow (Shita-kiri Suzume), in which an old man is rewarded for saving a little sparrow.
SIZE 5.7 x 16 x 11.4 cm
Condition: Very good condition with minor surface wear, one small crack to ivory on the interior.
Provenance: British collection.
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