Inrô with three compartments in fundame, takamaki-e and kirigane lacquer, representing a thatched roof portico surrounded by pine and plum trees. The knots of the trees are treated in hollow. The interior is in nashi-ji lacquer.
The pine (matsu) remains green all year round, it is a symbol of longevity, constancy and wisdom in Japan. The plum tree (ume), which flowers at the beginning of the year, announces spring. Its flower is a symbol of protection against demons. These trees, along with bamboo, are part of the three trees of happiness.
Ojime in embossed metal with iris decoration on one face. In Japanese mythology, this flower it the messenger of the gods and heralds good news.
Non-identified mark on the other other.
Small boxes made of compartments that fit into each other, inrō (印籠) are traditional Japanese clothing items. Since the kimono had no pockets, everyday objects were carried in small boxes (sagemono) attached to the belt. To prevent them from slipping, a netsuke, a small wooden or ivory figurine, was used to hold the drawstring of the inrō or other types of sagemono passed around the belt (obi). The Inrō are often adorned with harmonious decorations and scenes inspired by fauna and flora. Japanese artists play with materials and shapes with a precision and meticulousness comparable to goldsmithing.
Japan – Edo Period (1603-1868)
Height: 7 cm (2.8 inch) – Width: 5.6 cm (2.2 inch)