This listing is for a great 4-case 19th Century Japanese lacquer Inro with gilt scenic decoration and attached amber colored bead Ojime and carved oxen bone stylized flower Netsuke. The Inro was a valuable and necessary item in Japanese culture and a principle accessory worn by men. It originated as a box for holding a wax seal with sections added later to carry ink as well. In the late 16th or early 17th Century, the Inro was further divided into as many as 5 or 6 cases or compartments. At this point in the development of Inro, they became functional for carrying medicines, drugs and ointments and hung from the obi (belt) of the Japanese kimono. Although fragile in appearance, lacquer has always been appreciated for its qualities of durability and strength. To stop the woven silk cord from slipping, a small toggle was attached to the cord known as a Netsuke which means "root for fastening".
Dimensions: Inro measures 3 1/2" long, 2" wide and 1" deep. The Netsuke measures 2 5/8" long, 1 3/8" wide and 3/8" deep (at end).
Condition: Both the Inro and Netsuke are in excellent Estate condition with no noted flaws other than wear to the gilding on the Inro from normal handling.
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