1860 - 1880
Patinated copper, silver and gilt, gold
Museum no. 354-1880
Silver dish with incised & applied decoration in patinated copper, silver & gilt with shibuichi foot ring. Decorated with foliate branches (leaves and bud in copper and gold) and bamboo shoots framing two swallows (copper and gold) and an insect (butterfly or bee possibly) in flight. The swallow is a symbol of good luck, fertility and fidelity.