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Lacquer inrō

 

Length: 9.000 cm

Bequeathed by Oscar Raphael

Asia JA 1945.10-17.403

    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.

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

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