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Inro with Cranes Among Swirling Clouds
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Inro with Cranes Among Swirling Clouds

Description Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description A "kagimibuta" netsuke with a carved deep grain brushed "tagasayan" wood bowl and a disc of "shibuichi" with cloisonné. The cloisons of gold wire and various inset symbols in red, green, blue and white enamel. Inscribed on the bottom. A standard (oblong) gold lacquer two compartment inro. The design with "hiramakie" in gold with touches of black. Two flying cranes on one side with one of the cranes in inlaid raden with gold for delineation of the plumage. The other crane in gold with touches of black. A flying crane on the other side in gold with black touches. All on a ground of red lacquer almost covered with gold spirals of conventionalized clouds. The inside with "nashiji" and "roiro" and "fundame." The cord channels are external.
  • 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 [Seal] "kao"; [Signature] Hirata Hirayuki
Credit Acquired by William T. or Henry Walters

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late 19th-early 20th century (Meiji)
lacquer, cloisonné, enamel, gold wire, wood, ivory, raden
(Lacquer & Inlay)
Accession Number
inro: 2 1/2 x 2 5/8 x 1 in. (6.4 x 6.6 x 2.6 cm)
  • Japan (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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