Aug 28, 2018
Aug 28, 2018

Inro (Case) with Mice and Beans

Inro (Case) with Mice and Beans


late 1800s

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

Diameter: 8.4 cm (3 5/16 in.)

Gift of D. Z. Norton 1916.885



This round inro is decorated with an image of a single mouse feasting on beans. The theme is elaborated with a metal ojime (cinch) in the form of a cloth bag tied with rope—suggesting the food stores the mouse is raiding. The carved wood netsuke, or toggle, is in the shape of a mouse clutching a nut.

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