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.

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


Length: 7.700 cm

Museum number

Asia JA 1945.10-17.405


Bequeathed by Oscar Raphael


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