Inrō with four boxes in black and gold lacquer and mother-of-pearl inlays, representing a palanquin on a landscape background. Carved boxwood netsuke and ivory inlay depicting a man with a laughing face dressed in a kimono and carrying a closed fan. The details of the hair, the folds of the kimono and the sandals are delicately carved.
Small boxes formed of compartments that fit one on top of the other, inrō (印籠) are traditional Japanese clothing items. Since the kimono had no pockets, everyday objects were carried in small boxes (sagemono) hung on the belt (obi). To prevent them from slipping, a netsuke, a small wooden or ivory figurine, was used to hold the cord of the inrō or other types of sagemono. Inrōare often decorated with harmonious scenery and scenes inspired by the flora and fauna. Japanese artists play with materials and shapes with precision and thoroughness comparable to goldsmithing.
Japan – Edo Period ( 1603 – 1868 )
Height : 2.9 inch