Inro Makie with bow shelf supreme elegant Kaneko Makie Nashiji old Matsuyama Mizumaki antiques Wajima painting lacquer 1840
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A Japanese 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. Inro Makie painting with bow shelf goods supreme elegant aged Kaneko Makie Nashiji old Matsuyama Mizumaki antiques Wajima painting lacquer art beautiful items length 10cm orange 7cm with box. This beautiful Inro was made in 1840 Kada domain in the Wajima Nuri Style original Kanazwa. 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.