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A FOUR-CASE LACQUER SHEATH INRO
A FOUR-CASE LACQUER SHEATH INRO

LATE EDO PERIOD (19TH CENTURY), SIGNED KOAMI CHOKO [OR NAGATAKA] SAKU

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A FOUR-CASE LACQUER SHEATH INRO
late edo period (19th century), signed koami choko [or nagataka] saku
The inro of oval section, the two-section sheath with openwork panels decorated in gold hiramaki-e with hexagonal patterns with flowerheads framing two scenes of the four gentlemanly accomplishments, two Chinese scholars playing a board game while a third watches, and the reverse with a Chinese scholar painting, another holding a scroll, lacquered in gold, silver and iro-e hiramaki-e, okibirame and mother-of-pearl inlay on a kimpun-dusted togidashi ground; interior cases o-hirame; fitted with a lacquer netsuke modelled as a kodansu (incense chest) with a hinged door containing drawers and a coral bead ojime
3in. (8.2cm.) long
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