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Detail
artist :EISAI, SHOTATU
age :last 18th century
size :H 8.7 x W 5 x D 2.7 (cm)
size :H 3 1/2" x W 2" x D 1" (inch)
box :Wooden box
"Inro" is a small, multi-tiered case used during the latter Edo period by samurai warriors, who hung them from their sashes on formal occasions. A "Netsuke", a small object to suspend the Inro from the sash, and "Ojime", a moveable bead to adjust the cord when opening and closing the Inro, are attached.
The Inro itself has a "Roiro" finish, and has a chrysanthemum and hedge design using the Makie technique over a thin sprinkling of Hirame. It has five tiers and a cover, and the inside has a beautiful Nashiji, or lacquer finish, sprinkled with real gold. A signature reading "Eisai Shotatsu" is written on the right of the bottom where the cord is tied.
The square Netsuke is made of ebony with different chrysanthemums carved on five sides, and finished with lacquer.
The Ojime is made of agate of very good color and size.
Aside from a very small (2mm) damage on one of the "Aikuchi", it is of perfect condition.
 
About the artist
Eisai Shotatsu (Nariaki) was an inro makie artist of the latter 1800s, renowned for creating very delicate works with an accurate technique. His works normally bear his signatures, either Eisai Shotatsu Nariaki or Eisai Nariaki Shotatsu, written with extremely thin lines, accompanied by a pot-shaped seal or a kao, in red lacquer. Not many of his works remain today, but museums and private collections carry them for their excellent makie quality.