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Inaba Tsuryu, Sōken Kishō, a woodblock printed book, AD 1781
The Sōken Kishō is primarily a book about Japanese sword fittings, though volume six includes material on inrō and the final volume, number seven, lists fifty-six netsuke carvers and illustrates some of their work. It is the only known authoritative early work which discusses and illustrates inrō and netsuke in depth. Netsuke with Japanese themes are included, but there are also many with Chinese themes, particularly the ivory figural pieces, reflecting the influence of imported Chinese ivories of the Ming dynasty (AD 1368-1644) and early Qing dynasty (1644-1911).