A four-case inro with a procession of kimono-clad chidori (sparrows) carrying banners and chests. The birds are delicately rendered in gold and silver lacquer on a brown maki-e ground. Reverse features a gold and silver-brushed clam shell in high relief under cascading sprinkled gold flakes. Each compartment of the inro is treated with nashiji, the matching ojime of silver and the chidori netsuke beautifully rendered in boxwood. (The chidori motif has long been a favored subject in Japanese art, these small migratory birds often associated with the warrior class.) This lovely inro is signed Toyo in gold and red lacquer with kao. The inro is in excellent condition.
Dimensions for inro: Height 2.75”, width 2”
19th century, Japan