A rare Japanese Inro made in 1750 Shogunate Official Makie Artist Kinnashiji Ssangyong Hagi Makie Fan Diagram 黑漆 Inro Honjin Inlay Metalwork


A rare Japanese Edo Inro (印籠, Inrō, lit. “stamp case”) is a traditional Japanese case for holding small items, suspended from the obi (sash) worn around the waist when wearing a kimono. Super Skilled made approximately in the year 1750 Shogunate Official Makie Artist Shogun commissioned maker Kajikawa school. Kinnashiji Ssangyong Hagi Makie Fan Diagram 黑漆 Inro Honjin Inlay Metalwork Ogi Unryu Diagram Sculpture Silver Netsuke Gofu with Box They are often highly decorated with different materials such as lacquer and different techniques such as maki-e, and are more decorative than other Japanese lacquerware. Because traditional Japanese clothing had no pockets, items were often carried by hanging them from the obi in containers known as sagemono (a hanging object attached to a sash). Most sage mono were made for specialized content, such as tobacco, pipes, writing brush and ink, but the type known as inro is suitable for carrying small things and was made in the Sengoku period (1467-1615) as a portable identity stamp and medicine container for travel. In the middle of the Edo period (1603-1868) inro became popular as men’s accessories and wealthy merchants of the Chōnin and samurai classes often collected inro beautifully decorated with lacquer. As the technique developed from the late Edo period to the Meiji period (1868-1912) and the artistic value of inro increased, inro was no longer used as an accessory and was considered an art object for collection. The term inro is a combination of the kanji for in (印), meaning a seal or stamp, and the kanji for rō (籠), meaning a basket. Inro Width: Approx. 8.5cm×5.5cm Height: Approx. 2.5cm Netsuke Width: about 5.5 cm Height: about 2.5 cm

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