Lacquer inrō

From Japan
Momoyama period, late 16th century AD

Gold makie over a black lacquer ground

This purse-shaped inrō has three compartments and a subtle design of boats on a river with chrysanthemums. The technique for the relief work is a variant of takamakie.

It is said that this inrō once belonged to the Regent Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1536/7-98), one of the military leaders who brought about the unification of Japan in the late sixteenth century.

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


Length: 9.000 cm

Museum number

Asia JA 1945.10-17.403


Bequeathed by Oscar Raphael


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