Incredibly Detailed Antique Japanese 1931 Cruiser Izumo Silver-lined Navy Lacquer Box
This is a very unique Japanese navy lacquered box, decorated on the cover with an image of a warship at anchor, with a Chinese junk in front. The word on the inside of the lid is "bestowed" and on the bottom of the box, "Showa 6th to 9th Year Incident" "Minister of the Navy". This refers to the Manchurian Incident that led to the creation of Manchukuo. The ship here is Izumo - the details on the ship matches those in pictures (see the one below). The lid of the box and the sides of the box are lined with silver, and the tarnish is what's giving it the dark color plus gold gilding. The small words on the side are "Made with silver" and the name of the shop that made it, Hattori.
The reason the Izumo is on this box is because it was the flagship for the newly created 3rd fleet stationed in Shanghai. This was basically done to intimidate China into giving in to Japanese demands. To receive a box of this quality directly from the Minister of the Navy suggests whoever got it was a high ranking officer, probably as a reward for a job well done.
The level of detail on this box is stunning, and incredibly artistic. Probably the finest piece I've ever come across in terms of level of worksmanship and detail.
Size: 4" x 3.25" x 1.5"