Two-case inro made from cinnabar lacquer finely carved with a continuous scene of pheasants amongst prunus and rockwork against a geometric floral ground, all under a band of clouds; accompanied by matching cinnabar ojime depicting an immortal on a crane and a manju netsuke well-carved in high relief with sages and attendants under a pine tree; signed Murakio with kakihan; Meiji (1868-1912); Japan. 2.25 inches (5.72 cm) long; 2.9 inches (7.37 cm) wide.
A four-case inro with matching ojime of similar subject matter; cranes, some under pine tree; signed in gold lacquer; Gold lacquer; 19th century; Japan. 2.3 inches (5.8 cm) wide; 3.5 inches (8.9 cm) long.
A single-case inro with lateral surfaces enhanced with burlwood panels; carved scenes of two juxtaposed snails amongst pine and bamboo canopies in a foggy landscape; the other scene of three charging boars on a rocky cliff in a similar landscape; well-patinated and accompanied by an Daruma ojime; Boxwood (tsuge, huangyangmu); 19th century; Japan. 2.75 inches (7 cm) high.
Provenance: from the collection of Terrell Mexdorf.
A miniature silver inro with inlaid design of blossoming cherry tree over a glassy hill; gold and red lacquer with togidashi, kirigane, hiramaki-e and takamaki-e technique against fudame and nashiji backgrounds; signed Shinryo; 19th century; Meiji period; lacquered silver; Japan. 1.25 inches (3.2 cm) long.
Last updated 20/05/2004 Michelle Lin