This is a uniquely designed piece. It's really hard for me to describe as I can find nothing like it. There appears to be a name or word inscribed on the bottom in either Japanese or Chinese. It is stunning with leaf markings cut in grooves 1/16" deep. Legs are incorporated into this lovely container making it ideal for tabletop or shelf display. It measures about 9.5" long and 3.25" across. Including legs, it stands 7" tall at one end and 7.5" tall at the other. It's shortest height is 5 1/8". The widest top opening is nearly 3". I'm assuming it is no later than a mid 1980's piece.