Inro, Japanese.
2 8 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 20cm

Inro, Japanese.

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Description

Wooden inro consisting of two rectangular boxes, oval in cross-section, contained within a rectangular outer sheath, decorated with gold lacquer, inlaid with metal and shell, depicting people and foliage. An inro is a small case or box with compartments, used for storing small objects such as seals, seal paste, or medicine. It was worn by Japanese men, hanging from a sash round the waist.
 

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10449822
 

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