Japanese silver shibayama koro inset with kinji gold lacquer panels finely inlaid in mother-of-pearl, coconut shell and coral with birds and flowers designs, applied with silver mounts and translucent enamels with floral scrolls motifs.
The sides applied with writhing dragons handles and the domed cover with a kirin finial, signed in a gold rectangular plaque Sadamune 貞宗, late Meiji period 1868-1912.
The kirin 麒麟 is a mythical creature with a dragon and deer features, whose origins are from Chinese mythology known as qilin. It has cloven hoofs and a flowing tail and is symbolic of goodness and purity.
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