Inrô with five compartments with lake landscape decoration in continuity on both sides, in gold lacquer hira maki-e, taka maki-e, kirigane and brown lacquer on a fundame gold background.
The interior is in nashi-ji lacquer.
Wooden Netsuke representing the Japanese wonder shell (Thatcheria mirabilis).
Ojime of tubular form in gilded copper and incised with peach decoration. In Japanese popular culture, fishing has the power to drive away evil spirits. The eponymous tale of Momotarô illustrates this. The child born from a huge fishing trip has the purpose to defeat an ogre (oni).
Small cases made of compartments that fit into each other, the inrô (印籠) are traditional Japanese clothing objects. Originally, they were used to carry medicines or seals. Since the kimono had no pockets, everyday objects were carried in small cases (sagemono) attached to the belt. To prevent them from slipping, a netsuke, a small wooden or ivory figure, was used to hold the cord of the inrô or other types of sagemono at the belt (obi).
The ojime is a tightening element used to keep the cord taut to secure the compartments together.
Signed inrô in the upper part of four compartments. From the top: Nobu (延) in compartment 1 and Aka (アカ) in compartment 4. The other elements of the signature in compartments 2 and 3 have been erased.
Netsuke with unidentified signature.
Japan, Meiji era (1868-1912)
Height : 9,7 cm (3,81 inch) - Width : 5 cm (1,97 inch)