This item is an antique Kayakuire (火薬入れ, powder flask). It is a small container to store gunpowder. In Japan, powder flasks were made from developed materials and produced with advanced techniques. We estimate this powder flask was made in the Edo period or later.
This powder flask has a gorgeous appearance thanks to the golden metal color and elegant engraved design. You would find a bird with a long tail flying in the sky, and trees are carved on both sides. We think this bird is a Houou (鳳凰, Fenghuang), a member of four fantasy animals, which is called Shirei (四霊) with Kirin (麒麟, Qilin), Kame (亀, Turtle), and Ryu (龍, Dragon). The Houou is a god beast that looks like a combination of chicken and peacock. Houou was considered an auspicious sign in the ancient continent, and it was believed that Houou would show up when the brilliant emperor appeared. People appreciate its graceful shape in Japan, and this auspicious existence has been designed for various items.
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