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Inro Ensemble with matching Manju Netsuke

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Japan Anonymous, Japanese
Inro Ensemble with matching Manju Netsuke, 19th c.
Lacquer on Wood
3 in. x 2 1/2 in. x 1 in. (7.62 cm x 6.35 cm x 2.54 cm)


Object Type: Decorative Arts
Technique: Woodcarving
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Edward Nagel
Accession Number: 71.1.416


Commentary
Simulated tsuishu. The design on this piece was carved first and then lacquered in imitation of works where the lacquer layers are first built up and then carved.

Dimensions
Inro: 3” x 2.5” x 1” Ojime: 0.75” x 0.75” x 0.75” Netsuke: 1.75” x 1.75” x 1.2”

Marks
No marks.

Medium
Carved and lacquered wood.

Object Description
4-tiered Kamakura-style inro piece with dragon and floral red lacquer relief carving on black. Matching ojime and manju netsuke that separates in two also with dragon motif.

This rare matching ensemble is marked by its dragon imagery, symbolic of birth and efflorescence. The dragon also represents the east, where the sun rises and the yang positive principle, and also is representative of rain. (Goodall, 218).

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