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Inro Ensemble with Manju Netsuke

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Japan Anonymous, Japanese
Inro Ensemble with Manju Netsuke, early 19th c.
3 3/4 in. x 2 1/4 in. x 1 in. (9.53 cm x 5.72 cm x 2.54 cm)

Object Type: Decorative Arts
Technique: Lacquered
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Edward Nagel
Accession Number: 71.1.417

Inro: 3.75” x 2.25” x 1” Ojime: 0.75” x 0.75” x 0.5” Netsuke: 1.6” x 1.3” x 0.75”

Signed: Jokasai

Carved and lacquered wood.

Object Description
5-tiered inro piece with fighting male figures in gold, black and blue. Carved ojime and red netsuke with floral imagery and figure of a boy with a kite.

This exquisite inro was created with nashiji (pear skin) lacquer technique (sprinkling fine metal flakes sparsely on successive layers of clear lacquer) used to create the lush gold background of the medicine box. The battling male figures depicted on the inro are the real historic figures of 12th century warriors, Musashibo Benkei and Minamoto No Yoshitusune. The movement of their battle is echoed by the movement of the boy with the kite in the accompanying netsuke.

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Additional Image Inro Side 1
Inro Side 1
Additional Image Inro Side 2 with netsuke
Inro Side 2 with netsuke

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