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artist :SHOSAI
age :early 19th century
size :H 8.3 x H 5.2 x D 2.7 (cm)
size :H 3 1/4" x H 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 has a "Fundame (kinji)" finish over which a multi-storied building and landscape are drawn in minute detail, using the "Shishiai-togidashi-makie" technique. It has four tiers and a cover, and the inside has a beautiful "Nashiji" finish, using real gold. The signature of "Shosai" is on the bottom.
The Netsuke is a miniature armrest made with the "Tsuishu" technique. The Ojime is a porcelain bead with fine gold trims, and bears the signature "Eiraku".
It is in mint condition, with absolutely no chips or traces of repair. Comes in a wooden box.
 
About the artist
Said to have lived around the early 1800s, Shosai was an inro makie artist who produced artworks with an exhaustive use of every makie technique. Most of his works are prototypical inros preferred by the samurai class of those days, with classical configurations but displaying expert skill. Many of his inros are exhibited in museums across the world.