A fine rectangular Shibayama dish. The central tablet of birds flying within blossom and branches. The birds with gold, silver, mother of pearl and semi-precious stones. The outside superbly pierced in enamel and foliage and oriental motifs.
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ProvenanceThe Shibayama technique was named after Shibayama Dosho, who introduced it in Japan in the 18th century. It was used exclusively on items for import to the West. Shibayama artists inlaid with microscopic pieces of inlay, elaborately carved and on a ground of lacquer, to stand out in relief.