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Japanese lacquer Inro or box to hang from the sash in Japanese dress and used for personal items in 19th century. In lacquer, another luxury product, the craftsmen seemed to be aiming at an effect which combined the sparkle of jewelry and the interest of pictorial design. In this field too it was the innovations of the Momoyama period which formed the basis on which the Tokugawa strove to create ever more decorative, unusual , varied works. Their twin main interests of man and nature and a cunning skill in applying these to what is essentially one of the most decorative and artificial mediums created countless objects of undeniable taste and elegance.

~by Peter S.


INRO

Japanese lacquer Inro or box to hang from the sash in Japanese dress and used for personal items in 19th century. In lacquer, another luxury product, the craftsmen seemed to be aiming at an effect which combined the sparkle of jewelry and the intere