A finely lacquered Japanese two part box, decorated in relief with chrysanthemum rendered with an inlay of mother of pearl.
Width 6 inches, depth 5 inches, height 3 inches.
To the Japanese the chrysanthemum symbolises royalty, longevity and rejuvenation. While most people think of cherry blossoms as a symbol of Japan, the chrysanthemum is the Imperial Family Emblem. The chrysanthemum’s yellow flower symbolises the sun and the light and thereby (immortality) in Japan. The Japanese have proclaimed the chrysanthemum as their national symbol, and celebrate the ‘Festival of Happiness’ every year in honour of the chrysanthemum.