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Inro Makie Celestial Dragon design with Netsuke and Ojime. Edo period.

SKU: Inro, Celestial Dragon, Makie $1,050.00
Inro, three box, very fine Makie with celestial dragon and cloud design (Unryu zu) in three shades of gold, charcole and silver over black. Box wood netsuke in the form of a tobacco pouch with six different, finely carved floral and geometric designs. Coral bead ojime. Inside method: Takamorimakie. Measures: 5cm. wide x 6.2cm. long x 2cm. deep. Weight: 31g. Edo period. There are very minor age appropriate chips to the edges of the cases. Additional, age appropriate chips at himo toshi. In very fine condition. A beautiful example by a Maki-e master. Very fine box wood netsuke in the form of a tobacco pouch with extraordinarily detailed fine carving. Two brass pins represent the closures. The pouch is carved with great detail including the side "folds." Measures: 2.8cm. wide x 3.8cm. long x 1cm. deep. Weight: 8g. In mint condition. An inrA (A is 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 inrA were suited for carrying anything small. Consisting of a stack of tiny, nested boxes, inrA were 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 inrA. An ojime is provided on the cord between the inrA and 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 inrA to hold the stack together while the inrA is worn, and slid up next to the netsuke when the boxes need to be unstacked to access their contents. InrA were made of a variety of materials, including wood, ivory, bone, and lacquer. Lacquer was also used to decorate inro made of other materials. InrA, like the ojime and netsuke they were associated with, evolved over time from strictly utilitarian articles into objects of high art and immense craftsmanship. Maki-e ('''?, lit. sprinkled picture) is Japanese lacquer sprinkled with gold or silver powder as a decoration using a makizutsu or a kebo brush. The technique was developed mainly in the Heian Period (794a''1185) and blossomed in the Edo Period (1603a''1868). Maki-e objects were initially designed as household items for court nobles, they soon gained more popularity and were adopted by royal families and military leaders as an indication of power. To create different colours and textures, maki-e artists use a variety of metal powders including gold, silver, copper, brass, lead, aluminum, platinum, pewter, as well as their alloys. Bamboo tubes and soft brushes of various sizes are used for laying powders and drawing fine lines. As it requires highly-skilled craftsmanship to produce a maki-e painting, young artists usually go through many years of training to develop the skills and to ultimately become maki-e masters. Kouami Douchou (1410a''1478) was the first lacquer master linked to specific works. His maki-e works used designs from various Japanese contemporary painters. Kouami and another maki-e master, Igarashi Shinsai, were originators of the two major schools of lacquer-making in the history of Japan. Takamakie (or "raised maki-e") is one of the three major techniques in maki-e making. Developed in the Muromachi Period (1336a''1573), the technique of takamakie involves building up design patterns above the surface through a mixture of metal powder, lacquer and charcoal or clay dust. Another special kind of maki-e is togidashi maki-e, where a black lacquer without oil is put on the metal decoration as an additional coat