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Order of the Sacred Treasure (瑞宝章 Zuihōsho), IV class
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Order of the Sacred Treasure (瑞宝章 Zuihōsho), IV class
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Silver-gilt-edged white enamel cross of four sets of five rays, the outer rays longest, the inner ray shortest, on laterally-pierced ball suspension; the face with a circular central medallion of blue enamel within a gilt circle bearing a stylised Hexadecagonal (16-sided) mirror surrounded by a superimposed geometric red paste necklace of sixteen jewels linked by a red line; the reverse with four character inscription ‘Order of Merit Decoration’; slight enamel damage (see illustrations); on original ribbon for foreigners with rosette which, together with the gilding to the arms of the rays, indicate a 4th class award. The Order was founded by Imperial edict on 4 January 1888 in eight classes to be awarded for distinguished service. The insignia incorporates representations of the sacred Yata Mirror and the Yasakani Jewels and the sword of the Emperor. A good older example.

 
Order of the Sacred Treasure (瑞宝章 Zuihōsho), IV class
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Order of the Sacred Treasure (瑞宝章 Zuihōsho), IV class
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Order of the Sacred Treasure (瑞宝章 Zuihōsho), IV class
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Order of the Sacred Treasure (瑞宝章 Zuihōsho), IV class
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Order of the Sacred Treasure (瑞宝章 Zuihōsho), IV class
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