A Japanese silver hawk perched on a lacquer stand worked in gold hiramakie and takamakie chrysanthemum flowers, foliage, scrolls and aogai, the details in shakudo and gold with detached silver cup bearing the kikumon chrysanthemum seal, signed in an oval reserve under the tail feathers Shoeido 松栄堂 and the mark Jungin 純銀 (pure silver) and also signed under the cup, with tomobako wood storage box late Meiji period (1868-1912).
Takagari birds (hawks, falcons and eagles) were popular with the nobility and Samurai class and used as a measure of wealth and status. The tradition of falconry in Japan (Takagari 鷹狩) is believed to date back to the 4th Century.
Hiramakie: a flat sprinkled lacquer technique where the design is raised above the ground only by the thickness of its coats of lacquer.
Takamakie: a high sprinkled lacquer technique.
Aogai: lacquer technique where small fragments of blue-green abalone shell are inlaid into a lacquer ground.
Size without lacquer perch: H 11.5 cm (4.52" in.) x W 18.5 cm ( 7.28" in.) x D 7 cm (2.75" in.)
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