Antique Oriental Trinket Box in Gilt Metal with Proverb in Relief(Ref: 144)
"A bridge never crossed is like a life never lived" according to an old Chinese proverb.
Couple this with the fact that in both Japanese and Chinese Culture the Rat is highly revered. In Chinese Culture because of their intelligence, their cunnning and their smartness, in Japanese culture - as a prophecy of prosperity. Especially when they are eating the Rice!
In this story they appear to be harvesting the rice so the proverbial good luck sentiment is strong, indicating that this was a treasured box for treasured items.
Therefore it would make a charming gift.
The case is a base metal, cast in relief and then gilded in a Gold Leaf type material.
Height to the top of the centre - 7cm
Width - 15cm
Depth - 9cm