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Inro of Nobleman Stopping by a River, with Netsuke
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Inro of Nobleman Stopping by a River, with Netsuke


Description Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description A standard five case gold lacquer inro. Decorated on one side with a man riding a horse drinking water led by an attendant (in the foreground), as described in a 12th-century poem. Mountains, a house, flowers, a waterfall and a stream in the background. On the other side a stream with a woman seated and washing clothes, another seated woman in the front of a house near the stream. Flowers, mountains and flying birds. The design in "takamakie" with "okibirame" and "togidashi." Inlay of raden and ivory for the birds and flowers. Metal inlay for the man and woman. Background of "fundame" in gold. The interior of "fundame" and "nashiji." The cord channels are external. Together with a carved ebony with inlaid ivory netsuke of a South Sea island man ("namban") holding a piece of pink coral.
Exhibitions
  • Netsuke: Miniature Sculpture of Japan. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1978.
Provenance William T. / Henry Walters Collection, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions none
Credit Acquired by William T. or Henry Walters

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Period
1st half 19th century (Edo)
Medium
lacquer, ebony, ivory, coral, raden
(Lacquer & Inlay)
Accession Number
67.369
Measurements
inro: 3 15/16 x 2 1/16 x 1 7/16 in. (10 x 5.2 x 3.6 cm)
Geographies
  • Japan (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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