The earliest known dated shield, is that made for Frederik Coyett, Opperhoodf in Deshima in 1648, and this has a very similar design to the above of a central coat of arms surrounded by sprays and flying birds. Other known examples are in the Östasiatiska Museet, Stockholm, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam: inventory no. NG1978-92 and NG-NM-541 and the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, inv. no. 1992.1.2
(1) The Dagregisters Deshima 1657-58.
(2) Oliver Impey, Christian Jörg, Japanese Export Lacquer, 1580-1850, (Amsterdam, 2005) pl. 461-464, p.193
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