7 Pierrepont Row Islington London 0000 England
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A Japanese Meiji period Iron box with bird decoration

Origin Japan
Period 19th Century
Materials Iron, Silver
W. 2.76 in; H. 2.76 in; Diam. 2.76 in;
W. 7 cm; H. 7 cm; Diam. 7 cm;
Condition Good. Good, very light ware associated with age
Number of Pieces 2-3
Description A Japanese Meiji Period (1868-1912) iron box and cover, decorated with a silver heron and a shakudo crow, both with gold yes and highlights. The box is lined with silver.

Signed to underside


The heron often stands still for long periods of time stalking prey, because of this they represent patience in Japanese culture, and are associated with the harsh cold of winter.


The crow is an important creature in Japanese culture and appears in the creation myth bringing light to the world and becoming the sun. They are a symbol of guidance and divine intervention.

The Heron and the Crow

When depicted together in conflict as seen here, it is likely the Heron and the Crow are representing the rivalry between two castles, one named Okayama Castle (painted black and known as crow castle) and Himeji Castle (painted white and known as Heron or Egret castle)
Styles / Movements Asian, Traditional
Dealer Reference Number INKP21
Incollect Reference Number 358321
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