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Lacquer inrō

 

Length: 7.700 cm

Bequeathed by Oscar Raphael

Asia JA 1945.10-17.405

    Lacquer inrō

    From Japan
    Edo period, 18th century AD

    Gold and black sumie togidashi makie

    This inrō is an exceptionally fine example of the makie technique, which imitates sumie (ink-painting). The design was made by carefully polishing away the top gold layer to reveal the black lacquer underneath.

    It is signed by the lacquerer Kanshōsai and it is also inscribed with the name of the painter, Tosa Mitsusada, who created the design of shellfish and seaweed.

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

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