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A RARE FOUR-CASE INRO

EDO PERIOD (17TH CENTURY)

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A RARE FOUR-CASE INRO
EDO PERIOD (17TH CENTURY)
Decorated over the black lacquer ground in gold takamaki-e, hiramaki-e and tsukegaki, with gold and shell kirikane and inlays of raden, one side with figures of men and women, planting out rice seedlings in flooded paddy fields, with a sluice gate at the edge and jakago, held with stakes, in the foreground, the other side with another figure, a basket on his back, leading an ox, from a homestead, the door-curtain drawn aside, the interior nashiji
8.2cm. high
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Rice was of paramount importance to the samurai class. Not only was it was the staple food of the country, it was in koku of rice that daimyo and their samurai retainers were paid from the 16th century onwards.
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