Friday, 10 January 2014
I think I'd better start by giving you a HUGE clue. The illustrated item is Japanese. I am not an orientalist but I do admire craftsmanship. It is sometimes difficult to get out of our own artistic culture and admire other cultures and crafts. It is not difficult in this case. In its way it is exquisite. The outer case is of embroidered fabric reinforced with iron plates and a form of chain mail (tautology those last two words). The object inside the case is mainly of brass with flower head decoration in more valuable metals, and is the size of a walnut. It has a function. The outer fabric case (the bag) measures four and a half inches by three inches.
Could you give me, please, the item's purpose (i.e. its function) and a guess at when it was made. I couldn't get closer than the century in which it was made, and I don't expect anyone to get (reliably) closer than that.
When you've had a go, I'll put some more photies up to illustrate its purpose. It's possible that someone has seen a similar one and will know what it is, but they have always been fairly rare items; So - good guessing,
and Good Night.