Antique Japanese Lacquer Inro
A charming and elegant antique four case Inro from Edo era Japan. Dating from the early 1800s and beautifully crafted featuring a botanic design with Tortoise Shell inlay and real gold leaf Urushi lacquer.
Also featuring a high quality Ojime which looks to be Carnelian and a highly detailed matching Edo era Cherry wood netsuke intricately hand carved with an unusual elliptic basket weave pattern. The cord appears to be original to the era.
Cases fit snugly and with precision. The Inro is also in very good condition for its two hundred plus years. It is still completely intact and structurally sound. Being an important personal item which would have been used daily it is showing signs of age and wear with minor chips to lacquer and some loss of gold leaf maki-e. The second case has an old crack to the sokoita (compartment floor) which shows to be completely stable (please see photos 10 and 11).
The approximate dimensions of Inro body are 7 cm height and 5 cm wide. Supplied with the Kiri wood box shown in the images.
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