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inro

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1945,1017.419

  • Description

    Inro (4 compartments). Design of garden fence and chrysanthemums. Made of black lacquer with coloured shell inlay, gold foil and makie in Somada style.

  • School/style

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 19thC(early)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 6.4 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Smith et al 1990

    The piece is in the style of the Somada school active throughout the Edo period. Their work is characterised by delicate coloured shell inlay, 'makie', and especially the application of small pieces of gold foil over the lacquer to give a variety of colours. The decoration here is the traditional theme of a garden fence and chrysanthemums.

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  • Bibliography

    • Smith et al 1990 104 c bibliographic details
    • Smith & Harris 1982 60 bibliographic details
  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    16 February 2006

    Treatment proposal

    Remove mould. Advise on storage conditions and assess objects for further necessary work.

    Condition

    The object has suffered from being stored in an high RH% environment. Many objects in the store have developed mould on the surface.

    Treatment details

    This object has been cleaned with a vacuum and a soft brush. The object has been assessed for further necessary work.

    About these records 

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1945

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1945,1017.419


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