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Inro Ensemble with matching Katabori Netsuke

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Japan Anonymous, Japanese
Inro Ensemble with matching Katabori Netsuke, n. d.
Wood
2 3/4 in. x 2 1/4 in. x 3/4 in. (6.99 cm x 5.72 cm x 1.91 cm)


Object Type: Decorative Arts
Technique: Woodworking
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Edward Nagel
Accession Number: 71.1.404


Dimensions
Inro: 2.75” x 2.25” x 0.75” Ojime: 0.62” x 0.5” x 0.5” Netsuke: 1.5” x 1.25” x 0.5”

Marks
artist's signature in gold on bottom of inro

Medium
Carved and painted wood, metal work on ojime.

Object Description
3-tiered literati-style inro with flowers and tree imagery, geometric pattern on ojime, and large flower katabori netsuke. Flowers carved in relief painted in gold and red with dark stained wood inro. The design is most likely based from a Chinese pattern book.

This is a rare matching inro ensemble with chrysanthemum’s (kiku) symbolizing long life and integrity, as is in Chinese tradition associated with elderly gentlemen living in seclusion (Goodall, 317).

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