Inro lake landscape

Inrô with five compartments decorated with a lake landscape in continuity on both sides, in gold lacquer hira maki-e, taka maki-e, kirigane and brown lacquer on a fundame gold background.

The interior in nashi-ji lacquer.

Wooden netsuke representing Daikoku, carrying in his right hand his wooden mallet and in his left hand his bag.

Daikoku, deity of wealth and trade, is part of the Seven Gods of Happiness. His wooden mallet or hammer represents the virtue of work and is said to bring happiness and wealth to whoever touches it. His bag of rice would contain wisdom and patience.

Ojime of tubular shape made of gilded and incised copper with persimmon decoration. This fruit is a symbol of autumn.

Small boxes formed of interlocking compartments, inrô (印籠) are traditional Japanese clothing items. Originally, they were used to carry medicine or seals. Since the kimono had no pockets, everyday items were carried in small boxes (sagemono) hanging from the belt. To prevent them from slipping, a netsuke, a small figure made of wood or ivory, was used to hold the cord of the inrô or other types of sagemono to the belt (obi).

The ojime is a tightening element used to keep the cord taut to fix the compartments together.

Inrô signed in the upper part of four boxes. Starting from the top: Nobu (延) in box 1 and Aka (アカ) in box 4. The other elements of the signature in boxes 2 and 3 have been erased.

Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912)

Inrô: height: 3.8 in. (9.7 cm) – width: 2 in. (5 cm)

Netsuke: height: 1.4 in. (3.5 cm) – width: 1 in. (2.4 cm)