The first Suzuki Tokoku, who also used the names Bairyu and Fuzui, lived from 1846 to 1913 and was noted not only for fine lacquerwork but also for intricately carved ivories. This sumptuously decorated inro, with its outstanding netsuke by Morita Soko (b. 1879) is probably by the second of Tokoku's artistic successors, since it is thought that Tokoku II did not use the name Fuzui1. Kusunoki Masashige (1294-1336) was, with Nitta Yoshisada, one of the two most famous imperial loyalist heroes in the whole of Japanese history.
1 E.A. Wrangham, The Index of Inro Artists (Harehope, 1995), p. 294-5
Raymond Bushell, The Inro Handbook (New York and Tokyo, 1979), p. 86