Japan – Meiji (1868-1912)
Height 10 cm – Width 6,5 cm- Thickness: 3,5cm
Netsuke : Height :4,5cm
Inro are small divided boxes suspended from the belt which are a part of sagemono (suspended objects). Indeed, their use was developed to solve the lack of pocket in kimonos.
This one is in gilded maki-e lacquer. On one of the faces, we see Mount Fuji in brown lacquer obtained by addition of metallic oxides. The edges of Fuji are here realized in kirigane (small squares and rectangles cut from gold leaves or of silver leaves, intended to form a mosaic).
There are threes under the Mount Fuji. They are in brown and gold lacquer. Some trunks are decorated with kirigane. The top of trees is in gilded maki-e.
Other face represents the beach of Fujiwara at the bottom of the Mount Fuji. Fuji throws itself into the water represented by engraved curves evoking waves. The beach is lined with pines. A dreamlike shape comes out of the water, made there in nashiji and underlined by some black lacquer.
This form represents the dance of the swan lady from the legend of Miho no Matsubara.
The inside of the inro is hirameiji.
Another inro comes to fit into this one. It is in golden Maki-e. On one of the faces are represented in a stylized way two crossed feathers. It is the mon of the Asano family.
The other face is decorated with faced dragonflies.
The ojime (small ball) is in red stone.
The netsuke is in box tree and has the shape of a mushroom. On its foot is attached a leaf.