Inrô decorated with eagles

Inrô with four lacquer compartments representing eagles: eight on one side, seven on the other, one on the upper side called ten; sometimes posed on a rocky promontory in takamaki-e and kirigane lacquer, sometimes in flight near the sea. Bamboo branches. Bottom in fundame and hiramaki-e lacquer. Interior in nashi-ji lacquer.The eagle motif is relatively rare in Japanese iconography. Most of its representations are found on older lacquerware.

Ojime in red lacquer. One side represents an autumnal setting with a fisherman under a maple tree with an eagle; the other side, a spring setting, two people on a boat under a Japanese cherry tree and an eagle. These two seasons are real visual spectacles. The cherry blossoms (sakura) are symbols of renewal and the ephemeral nature of beauty. Maple leafs (momiji) are often celebrated in literature for their beauty. They can be a symbol of a change of feeling.

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.

Signature erased in the upper part of the second compartment.

Japan – Edo period (1603-1868)
Length 8 cm (3.15 in) – Width 5.5 cm (2.16 in)