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Lacquer inrō

 

Length: 7.800 cm

Gift of Professor and Mrs John Hull Grundy

Asia JA HG348

Rooms 92-94: Japan

    Lacquer inrō

    From Japan
    Late 18th - early 19th century AD

    Gold takamakie and mother-of-pearl inlay on a gold hiramakie ground

    This gold hiramakie inrō has an eye-catching design of a displaying peacock in low takamakie relief. Each ‘eye' of the bird's outspread tail is inlaid with mother-of-pearl. The reverse shows a river scene.

    The inrō is signed 'Hasegawa Shigeyoshi' and inscribed 'Hōgen Sukekiyo hitsu' ('The brush of Hōgen Sukekiyo').

    The ojime (bead clasp) and netsuke toggle attached to the inrō are a matching carved ivory set.

    L. Smith, V. Harris and T. Clark, Japanese art: masterpieces in (London, The British Museum Press, 1990)

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    On display: Rooms 92-94: Japan

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