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Model pheasant with inkwell

probably Meiji period

Silver, partly gilded, enamel, ivory | 12.5 x 23.5 x 6.5 cm (whole object) | RCIN 17723

Jewel-like enamels have been used to pick out the plumage of this silver pheasant’s head, wings and tail. The term in Japanese for enamelling is shippō, or ‘seven precious stones’, suggesting the brilliance of the colours achievable. The model has a small inkwell hidden in its back.

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