Meiji Period Cloisonne Box
The Meiji period box is extremely detailed in its design. The symbolic butterflies are interspersed with flowers and flower balls on a black enamel ground. Various colors are displayed including pink, white, green, blue, and rust red. As is common with antique Japanese cloisonne, small dots of enamel border the lid and bottom. Each dot is formed by small wire cloisons artfully filled in with enamel. The cloisons are gilded wires of varies sizes. Coils of gilded wires adorn the background of the box, as well. Goldstone is used on the butterflies' wings to great depth and enhance the beauty. The interior enamel is green.
There is no damage but there are signs of age and wear, as should be expected.
The box is small, measuring approximately 2.25 inches wide with a depth of 1 inch. There may have been a mark to the base at one time; however, the base is now worn almost smooth.