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Inro with Seven Flying Swallows; Netsuke of a Boy with a Mask and an Infant
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Inro with Seven Flying Swallows; Netsuke of a Boy with a Mask and an Infant


Description Conservation Exhibitions Inscription Credit
Description A carved ivory netsuke of a standing boy holding a mask over his face and standing behind a seated infant. Inscribed in an irregularly shape cartouche. A standard (oblong) three compartment gold lacquer inro. Seven flying swallows (tsubami), with red colored necks, over both sides of the inro. A design of slightly raised work of black, red, and silver lacquer in hiramakie for the swallows on a ground of fundame in gold. Inscribed in gold on the bottom of the lower compartment. Ink writing in kanji on gold paper pasted into the top of each compartment (three). Remnants of seal paste or dried incense in the second compartment. The cord channels are internal.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
11/08/1979Examinationexamined for condition
Exhibitions
  • Netsuke: Miniature Sculpture of Japan. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1978.
  • Japanese Lacquers. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984.
  • From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014-2016.
Inscriptions [Signature] Koma Kyuhaku saku; [Signature] Tomochika
Credit Acquired by William T. or Henry Walters

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Period
1818-1844 (Edo)
Medium
gold, silver, black, and red lacquer, wood ivory
(Lacquer & Inlay)
Accession Number
67.469
Measurements
Overall L with cord: 10 1/4 in. (26 cm); Inro H: 2 13/16 × W: 2 1/2 × D: 11/16 in. (7.1 × 6.4 × 1.7 cm); Netsuke H: 1 9/16 × W: 1 1/4 × D: 1 1/16 in. (3.9 × 3.2 × 2.7 cm)
Geographies
  • Edo (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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