This listing is for an unusual 19th Century Japanese miniature single case bronze Inro with gilt applied decorative medallions complete with jade bead Ojime and bronze mask Netsuke. The Netsuke is shaped as a distorted face or "mask" character that is probably named in Japanese culture. The case and Netsuke have beautiful original patina. 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 later added 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 compartments. At this point in the development of the Inro, they became functional for carrying medicines, drugs and ointments and hung from the Obi (belt) of the Japanese kimono. Although fragile in appearance, these boxes were made to be both strong and durable. To stop the woven silk cord from slipping on the Obi, a small toggle was attached to the cord known as a Netsuke (which means a root for fastening).
Dimensions: 3 3/4" long (from base of case to top of Netsuke with cord outstretched), case measures 1 3/8" (closed), 7/8" wide and 3/8" deep and Netsuke measures 7/8" long and 5/8" wide.
Condition: The case appears to be in excellent Estate condition, however, upon closer inspection there is one of the applied gilt medallion decoration with a small portion of the design missing. This is barely noticed but is called for accuracy. The Ojime, Netsuke and cord are all in excellent Condition.
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