Box with Design of Phoenixes and Paulownia
Made by K. Hattori and Company, Tokyo, established 1917
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The motif of phoenixes (symbol of the empress) and sixteen-petal-chrysanthemum silver mounts on this box suggest that it was an imperial presentation piece. The silver rim has an incised seal, reading "made by Hattori [company]," but the skilled craftsman remains unidentified.