Posted 10 years ago
This is a large tray, wood with raised lacquer decor,measuring approximately 26¾" in length and 16¼" wide. The edge is just under 2" high. The corners are dovetailed and have bone or ivory fixings.
It has no cracks, perfectly flat.
The owl seems to have glass inlaid eyes.
My research gave me keyaki wood, and taka maki-e lacquer.
I know symbolism is very important in asian culture, specially for luck, fortune or success so I'm astonished by the owl grasping a sparrow!
And I can't identify the plant on last pic...
Waiting for Christie's opinion ;-) but would like to hear about your opinions on the symbols!