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$ 2,800

Japanese Lacquered Inro and Netsuke with Raijin Rinpa School

Origin Japan
Period 19th Century
Materials lacquered wood, bone
W. 2 in; H. 3 in; Diam. 1 in;
W. 5.08 cm; H. 7.62 cm; Diam. 2.54 cm;
Condition Good. Wear consistent with age and use. Fine antique condition, with minor surface wear. Color fading on the cord.
Creation Date 19th century
Description A fine three-case lacquered inro with a carved money netsuke circa 19th century (late Edo to early Meiji period). On facade, gold and silver maki-e technique was masterfully used to depict Raijin, the Japanese Thunder God. The deity, done in hiramaki-e, floats in a hazy background accomplished with fine gold powders using togidashi-e technique. The image of Raijin was inspired by a classic Japanese icon, first created by Tawaraya S?tatsu (1570-1640), co-founder of Rinpa School, on a famous folding screen together with Fujin (the Wind God, an important pair of deity in Shinto worship). The screen was designated as a National treasure. Two other important versions were later created by Rinpa members Ogata K?rin (1658-1716) and Sakai H?itsu (1761-1829). The fierce deity with his bellowing ribbons holds a pair of silver hammers, with which he plays with the strings of drums forming a halo around him. The back of the inro remains sparse except the remaining length of his ribbons. The negative space is an aesthetic signature of the Rinpa design. The interior of the inro was finished in nashiji. A carved bone netsuke of a money carrying a peach is attached. Neither the inro or the netsuke is signed, despite that the workmanship is rather distinguished.
Styles / Movements Asian, Bespoke, Traditional
Patterns Asian/Oriental, Handmade
Incollect Reference Number 409334
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