Collection of 27 Inro Ornaments From Japan
|Size||8cm - 12cm Average|
A fine collection of (27) Japanese Inro , Edo Period 19th Century. This collection was put together over 40 years.
These fine Inro each have a individual beauty that I greatly admired. Japanese traditional robes lacked pockets, objects were often carried by hanging them from the obi, belt or sash. Inro consist of a stack of tiny, nested boxes, were most commonly used to carry identity seals and medicine. They were made by experts & known artists in a variety of material but mostly of wood covered by lacquer & then delicately painted or inlaid. The stack of boxes is held together by a cord that is laced through cord runners down one side, under the bottom, and up the opposite side. The ends of the cord are secured to a netsuke, a kind of toggle that is passed between the sash and pants and then hooked over the top of the sash to suspend the inrō. An ojime, or bead, is provided on the cords between the inrō and netsuke to hold the boxes together. This bead is slid down the two suspension cords to the top of the inrō to hold the stack together while the inrō is worn. The Inro & Netsuke are an example of the highest artistic abilities of Japanese Artists working in small scale objects.