Description An almost circular dark brown "sabiji" lacquer two compartment inro of an elephant on one side and two "karashishi" on the reverse. The design in bold relief with the elephant and one "karashishi" in silver. The other "karashishi" in black lacquer spotted with gold foil. All on a ground of "sabiji." The interior of "nashiji" and "fundame" or "kinji." The cord channels are external lobed metal (copper alloy?). Together with a carved ivory netsuke in the shape of a badger wrapped in a lotus leaf. Inscribed in a cartouche on the lotus leaf on the back of the badger.
- Netsuke: Miniature Sculpture of Japan. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1978.
- Japanese Lacquers. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984.
Provenance William T. / Henry Walters Collection, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] Ranka
Credit Acquired by William T. or Henry Walters
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