The container is delicately decorated with two pine shoots, complete with roots and inside the lid there is an encoded inscription in ink. The piece was most probably originally intended for the domestic market, diameter 7.8cm, height 4.8cm.
1835 Inventory: “Japan Closet, Glass case opposite the window, Two round Boxes. Black & Gold”. (See JWA 09071)
1867 Inventory: “Cabinets, No 88 Japan Closet, 2 black and gold circular boxes”. (See JWA 09071).