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Four-case inro with peony design on a geometric background

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Jokasai 常嘉齋

Credit Line

Gift of Major Henry Lee Higginson

Japanese, Edo period, Late 18th–early 19th century


Overall: 8.3 x 5.7 x 2.6 cm (3 1/4 x 2 1/4 x 1 in.)

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Medium or Technique

The sub-ground of dark lacquer with a nested-square geometric pattern in hiramaki-e of another color, the whole overlaid with gold foil and pressed onto the sub-ground so that the geometric pattern shows through, the lower areas lacquered red to leave the gold in fine lines; decoration in gold and aokin takamaki-e with extensive areas of gold foil; compartments and risers gold nashiji; shoulders and rims gold fundame