Aug 24, 2018
Aug 24, 2018

Inro (Case) with Squirrels in Grapevines

Inro (Case) with Squirrels in Grapevines



Lacquer on wood with sprinkled gold powder design (maki-e)

Overall: 8 x 5.8 cm (3 1/8 x 2 5/16 in.)

Gift of D. Z. Norton 1916.860



With multiple small compartments joined with a woven silk cord, inro are small cases that can be worn on one’s obi, the sash fastening a kimono. This one has a metal ojime, or small cinch, with a pierced floral design and a wood netsuke (toggle) carved with an autumnal design of quails in millet. The netsuke can be used both to pull the inro out and to help keep it in the obi. Squirrels in grapevines is a popular autumn motif.

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