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This five box inro depicts an overall scene of two carp among waves. The eyes of the carp are inset glass with black pupils. The interior is red speckled gold.

This five box inro depicts an overall scene of two carp among waves. The eyes of the carp are inset glass with black pupils. The interior is red speckled gold.

This four box inro depicts the eight famous views of Lake Omi (the 'Omi Hakkei').

This four box inro depicts the eight famous views of Lake Omi (the 'Omi Hakkei').

Tarantula | Elizabeth Goluch Sterling silver, 14k & 18k gold, tourmaline  7.25"l x 8"w x 2.25"h

Tarantula | Elizabeth Goluch Sterling silver, 14k & 18k gold, tourmaline 7.25"l x 8"w x 2.25"h

A gold lacquer five-case inro By Koma Kansai, after a design by Mori Sosen, 19th century

A gold lacquer five-case inro By Koma Kansai, after a design by Mori Sosen, 19th century

Lacquered Inro with Ojime and Netsuke, Japan, 19th century, oval column-shape, three cases, depicting a chrysanthemum branch, in gold and red takamakie on a shibuichi ground, the interior in black lacquer with the risers in red kinji, fitted with a coral ojime and a square netsuke in similar design, signed "Tamashou" with kao, ht. 2 1/4 in.

Lacquered Inro with Ojime and Netsuke, Japan, 19th century, oval column-shape, three cases, depicting a chrysanthemum branch, in gold and red takamakie on a shibuichi ground, the interior in black lacquer with the risers in red kinji, fitted with a coral ojime and a square netsuke in similar design, signed "Tamashou" with kao, ht. 2 1/4 in.

A Four-Case Inro   Signed Toshi Kin Egaku, Edo Period (19th century)   Decorated in iroe-hiramaki-e and takamaki-e on a fundame ground with carp

A Four-Case Inro Signed Toshi Kin Egaku, Edo Period (19th century) Decorated in iroe-hiramaki-e and takamaki-e on a fundame ground with carp

Inrō, Ojime, Netsuke Kōgyokusai (Japan, active 19th century) Japan, early 19th century [inro] lacquer; [ojime] shakudo; [netsuke] ivory [inro] 3 3/8 x 2 5/16 in. (8.6 x 5.9 cm)

Inrō, Ojime, Netsuke Kōgyokusai (Japan, active 19th century) Japan, early 19th century [inro] lacquer; [ojime] shakudo; [netsuke] ivory [inro] 3 3/8 x 2 5/16 in. (8.6 x 5.9 cm)

Somada Mitsumasa (Japan, 1795 - 1856)   Inro, Ojime, Netsuke, early 19th century  Costume/clothing accessory/waistwear, Inro: lacquer on substrate, sprinkled gold flecks, inlaid mother-of-pearl; Ojime: buffalo horn; Netsuke: vermilion and black lacquer on wood with mother-of-pearl inlay

Somada Mitsumasa (Japan, 1795 - 1856) Inro, Ojime, Netsuke, early 19th century Costume/clothing accessory/waistwear, Inro: lacquer on substrate, sprinkled gold flecks, inlaid mother-of-pearl; Ojime: buffalo horn; Netsuke: vermilion and black lacquer on wood with mother-of-pearl inlay

Inrō with Herons among Reeds (obverse); Crow (reverse) | Japan | Meiji period (1868–1912) | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Inrō with Herons among Reeds (obverse); Crow (reverse) | Japan | Meiji period (1868–1912) | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

A finely inlaid gold lacquer four-case inro The inro by Nakayama Komin (1808-1870), the kagamibuta netsuke by Shojo Ryomin, 19th century

A finely inlaid gold lacquer four-case inro The inro by Nakayama Komin (1808-1870), the kagamibuta netsuke by Shojo Ryomin, 19th century

inro japanese art - Google Search    Most sagemono were created for specialized contents, such as tobacco, pipes, writing brush and ink, but the type known as inrō was suitable for carrying anything small.

inro japanese art - Google Search Most sagemono were created for specialized contents, such as tobacco, pipes, writing brush and ink, but the type known as inrō was suitable for carrying anything small.