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A well-hammered iron plate in iri-sumi kaku gata, square mokko shape with corners cut in. The rim is also very well hammered as hira dote mimi.

On both sides is the depiction known as 'Hatsuyume' tradition. Mt. Fuji is delicately carved into the upper surface, and the Hawk and Eggplants are iron on iron inlay as are the scallop boats on Suruga Bay.
Mt Fuji has a snow-cap in shakudo, and the hawks eye is gold inlaid.
Dates 1600 to 1650.
8.50cm x 7.80cm x 0.4-0.5cm.

Japan's “Hatsuyume” Tradition. Often memorized in the form Ichi-Fuji, Ni-Taka, San-Nasubi. The best dream is of Mount Fuji, the second-best of hawks, and the third-best of eggplants, according to an old Japanese proverb.

Suruga Bay is a place of contrasts. Japan's loftiest peak, Mount Fuji at 3,776 metres (12,388 ft), rises from the 2,500 metres (8,200 ft) depth of the Suruga Trough running up the middle of the bay, which makes it Japan's deepest.

Another theory suggests that this combination arose because Mount Fuji, falconry, and early eggplants were favorites of the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. Although this superstition is well known in Japan,

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