Inro (1) - Lacquer - A two-case circular inro (印籠) with dragons (龍) - Japan - 19th century

Description
Inro (1) - Lacquer - A two-case circular inro (印籠) with dragons (龍) - Japan - 19th century
Fair condition, see description - 7×7×1.9 cm

Title: A two-case circular inro with dragons
Date: early 19th century
Size: 7.0 (diametre) x 1.9 cm
Condition: A few cracks, chipped lacquer on the first case. Minor restoration done on the lid.

Description: A two-case inro of circular form worked in takamaki-e. The figures of two dragons are shown writhing among clouds on both sides. One of the dragons is grasping the sacred pearl, known to be a symbol of fortune, prosperity, wisdom and truth. The interior is in nashi-ji lacquer, the first compartment with dual cases. The sides are decorated with a band of shippo. Shippo is a series of geometric design combining four ellipses in a circle in a way that the lines inside make more circles. The name is originated from 'shippo', which means precious stones in Buddhism. With ojime bead.

Lot details
Total nr of items
1
Object
Inro
Technique
takamaki-e
Material
Lacquer
Period
19th century
Region/ Country of origin
Japan
Attribution
Original
Title of artwork
A two-case circular inro (印籠) with dragons (龍)
Condition
Fair condition, see description
Dimensions
7×7×1.9 cm
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