This exquisitely worked Japanese iron plate measures 12 inches across,and is signed on the back. It is inlaid with gold. The hall marks are Nippon Koku (country of Japan, Saikyo Ju (living in west of Kyoto), Komai Sei (Komai made). The kimono has two mon markings; one is Kiri mon, the other is imperial Kiku (chrysanthemum)design. This plate might have made for someone related to the imperial family. The plate dates to the Meiji period (1868-1912). The priest in the center medallion is covering his ears, so as to hear no evil.
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