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Miniature cabinet (kodansu) c. 1880 - 1900

Copper alloy, gold, black organic coating | 13.9 x 15.5 x 8.1 cm (whole object) | RCIN 100753

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Complex patterns have been created by hammering dense designs of gold wire and gold leaf into a copper alloy ground. In places, the gold has been engraved to give a more dynamic, textured finish. The Komai Company was popular with European tourists, who flocked to its premises in Kyoto.