Inrō with five black and gold taka maki-e lacquer and mother-of-pearl inlays (raden), representing a palanquin against a background of a leafy, wooded landscape.
The interior of inrō is in nashiji lacquer.
The metal ojime takes the shape of a mushroom, with a ladybird resting on it.
The wooden netsuke depicts a smiling man holding a horn scroll in his right hand.
inrō (印籠) are small boxes with compartments that fit into each other, and are traditional Japanese clothing items. As 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 inrō or other types of sagemono passed at the belt (obi).
Japan – Edo Period ( 1603 – 1868 )
Height : 2.9 inch – Width : 5.7 inch