A basic element in Japanese culture, the Owan was used to serve a guest who, when presented, was compelled to comment on its beauty. Traditional examples are of finely turned wood with multiple layers of true lacquer as base and decoration. This example is made of an early composition material, probably soy bean based, about 100 years ago. It is the product of Japan's industrialization, which, in two generations, transformed it from an isolated primitive culture to a world military power. 5" diameter, relief decorated in bamboo leaves and net. Decorative as well as historic.