Inro with ojime and netsuke, Japan, before 1915

Made:
before 1915 in Japan
maker:
Unknown

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Large wooden inro, lacquered, complete with ojime and netsuke, Japanese

An inro is a decorative container. It carries items such as medicine boxes or tobacco from the sash of a kimono. A kimono is a traditional Japanese dress. Inro were worn with carved toggles called netsuke. They were considered objects of status. This beautiful box is made of a lacquered wood. A mother-of-pearl inlay depicts cherry blossom leaves.

The box pulls apart forming four separate receptacles and lid. A cord runs through two side tubes. Attached to the cord is a large blue bead called an ojime. These were often intricately carved. They were made from glass, tortoiseshell, ivory, coral, silver, gold and other precious materials. They are highly collectable. This ojime may have been substituted for an original carved version at some point.

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Category:
Oriental Medicine
Object Number:
A645068
Materials:
cord, glass, mother-of-pearl, pewter, wood
Measurements:
overall netsuke: 50 mm 45 mm,
type:
ojime
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
  • sagemono
  • visual and verbal communication
  • sculpture
  • bead - pierced object
credit:
Glendining
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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