Antique Japanese Single Case Gilt Bronze Inro, Amber Ojime, Wooden Netsuke
THIS LISTING IS FOR A MINIATURE ANTIQUE JAPANESE SINGLE CASE GILT BRONZE INRO WITH AMBER OJIME AND WOODEN "BUTTON" NETSUKE. THIS MINIATURE INRO HAS AN ENGRAVED FLORAL DESIGN ON THE FRONT, A FACETED AMBER OJIME (BEAD) AND A ROUND WOOD NETSUKE. MEASURES 1" LONG (CLOSED), 7/8" WIDE AND ALMOST 1/2 DEEP. THE CONDITION IS VERY GOOD WITH NO NOTED DAMAGE OTHER THAN A DISCOLORED AREA ON THE BACK OF THE INRO. WE HAVE MADE NO ATTEMPT TO CLEAN THIS AREA AND WILL LEAVE THAT TO THE NEXT OWNER. THE INRO WAS A VALUABLE AND NECESSARY ITEM IN JAPANESE CULTURE AND A PRINCIPLE ACCESSORY WORN BY MEN. IT ORIGINATED AS A BOX FOR HOLDING A WAX SEAL WITH SECTIONS LATER ADDED TO CARRY INK AS WELL. IN THE LATE 16th OR EARLY 17th CENTURY, THE INRO WAS FURTHER DIVIDED INTO AS MANY AS 5 OR 6 CASES OR COMPARTMENTS. AT THIS POINT IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF INRO THEY BECAME FUNCTIONAL FOR CARRYING MEDICINES, DRUGS AND OINTMENTS AND HUNG FROM THE OBI (BELT) OF THE JAPANESE KIMONO. ALTHOUGH FRAGILE IN APPEARANCE, LACQUER HAS ALWAYS BEEN APPRECIATED FOR ITS QUALITIES OF DURABILITY AND STRENGTH.
TO STOP THE WOVEN SILK CORD FROM SLIPPING, A SMALL TOGGLE WAS ATTACHED TO THE CORD KNOWN AS A NETSUKE WHICH MEANS "ROOT FOR FASTENING". Have been in the Antiques business for over 30 years and try to describe our items as accurately as possible. We are happy to answer any questions and always appreciate your business! The item "ANTIQUE JAPANESE SINGLE CASE GILT BRONZE INRO, AMBER OJIME, WOODEN NETSUKE" is in sale since Sunday, January 29, 2012. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\Japan\Netsuke".
The seller is "antiquesandmooresales" and is located in Hendersonville, North Carolina. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Type: Inro
- Age: 1850-1899
- Region of Origin: Japan
- Original/Reproduction: Original
- Featured Refinements: Inro
- Primary Material: Amber