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Small, Signed Bunryusai Lacquer Two Compartment Inro with Tomoe Mon

Small, Signed Bunryusai Lacquer Two Compartment Inro with Tomoe Mon


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Inro and Sagemono: Pre 1900: Item # 1344271
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A small, two compartment medicine box. Unlike most larger inro, this has no silk cord slide for wear. It must have been carried concealed. The surface subtly and adeptly uses the negoro technique, of using red and black lacquer, to impart a tortoiseseshell-like effect under a clear coat. A Tomoe mon appears on both sides - in relief on one side and bordered-recessed on the other. Truly an understated master work. The interior nashiji decorated. Signed Bunryusai in gold and with Kao in red. Bunryusai was a Kajikawa urushi artist. Good condition with light wear along edges of compartments - will condition easily in the hands of a qualified conservationist. External dimensions 1 5/8 inches (4.13 cm) long, 1 1/2 inches (3.8 cm) wide, 1 1/16 inches (2.7 cm) deep.