The craft of lacquering, as well as making inro bodies, is highly complex, time-consuming and expensive. This example is decorated with a courtier’s hat and cherry blossom in gold, silver and black takamakie (‘high sprinkled picture’) lacquer.
Inrô with Design of Eulalia Grass and Deer, Edo period Date: century Case: powdered gold (maki-e), gold, silver, and gold foil on black lacquer with shell inlay; netsuke: ivory carved in the shape of an eagle catching a fox
“Inrō with Basket of Spring Flowers (春秋花草蒔絵印籠); Basket of Autumn Flowers. lacquered wood with gold and silver hiramaki-e, togidashimaki-e, cutout gold foil application on black and nashiji lacquer ground Netsuke: lacquered wood.
Takenaga (Japan, Edo) Inro, Ojime, Netsuke, early 19th century Costume/clothing accessory/waistwear, Four-case inro with design of five crows in sumi-e togidashi on kinji ground; coral bead ojime; wood manju in Shibayama style with mother-of-pearl
Case (Inrō) with Design of Two Hawks on Tasseled Perches Period: Edo period Date: century Culture: Japan Medium: Lacquer, roiro, mura nashiji, gold and coloured hiramakie, takamakie; Interior: nashiji and fundame