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Export Blue and White Ceramic Inro including Manju Netsuke and ojime. Meiji period.

SKU: Blue and White Ceramic Inro $199.95
An inris a traditional Japanese case for holding small objects. Because traditional Japanese garb lacked pockets objects were often carried by hanging them from the obi or sash. Most types of these sagemono were created for specialized contents such as tobacco pipes writing brush and ink but inrwere suited for carrying anything small. Consisting of a stack of tiny nested boxes inrwere most commonly used to carry identity seals and medicines. The stack of boxes are held together by a cord that runs through cord runners down one side under the bottom and up the opposite side. The ends of the cord are secured to a netsuke a kind of toggle that is passed between the sash and pants and then hooked over the top of the sash to suspend the inr An ojime is provided on the cord between the inrand netsuke to hold the boxes together. This is a bead with a hole through the center through which the cord is passed. It is slid down to the top of the inrto hold the stack together while the inris worn and slid up next to the netsuke when the boxes need to be unstacked to access their contents. Inrwere made of a variety of materials including wood ivory bone and lacquer. Lacquer was also used to decorate inro made of other materials. Inrlike the ojime and netsuke they were associated with evolved over time from strictly utilitarian articles into objects of high art and immense craftsmanship.