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Japanese silver hawk perched on a black and gold lacquer stand decorated in hiramaki-e chrysanthemum flowers, foliage and scrolls, aogai details (blue-green abalone) and silver cup with the kikumon chrysanthemum seal signed in an oval reserve under the tail feathers Shoeido 松栄堂 and the mark Jungin 純銀 (silver) 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.
Hawk 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.)