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Inro Ensemble with Manju Netsuke

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Japan Anonymous, Japanese
Inro Ensemble with Manju Netsuke, early/mid-19th c.
Lacquer on Wood
3 in. x 2 3/4 in. x 2 3/4 in. (7.62 cm x 6.99 cm x 6.99 cm)

Object Type: Decorative Arts
Technique: Lacquered
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Edward Nagel
Accession Number: 71.1.405

Inro: 3” x 2.75” x 2.75” Ojime: 0.5” x 0.5” x 0.5” Netsuke: 2” x 1.5” x 1”

Inro signed: "Nishikawa Yasunobu saku"

Carved and lacquered wood, paint, cord, glass bead, chestnut with paint and metal fixture.

Object Description
4-tiered togidashi inro with pine tree and delicate moon painting, orange ojime bead and deep gold-orange and black lacquered chestnut.

The inro and netsuke together function as an ensemble to represent autumn and the changing seasons through the pine and vine imagery on inro, and the chestnut netsuke. Pine imagery has associations with immortality, through the traditional use of pine sap in Daoist immortality elixirs. (Goodall, 317).

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