A four-case inro decorated in various shades of togidashi against a roiro ground. To the front, a lone woman wearing a kimono decorated with flowers stands under a cherry tree, with a river flowing behind and mountains in the distance. To the verso, two other women look on, wearing long capes, enjoying the display of cherry blossoms.
The scene is possibly set on the banks of the river in Arashiyama, Kyoto. Arashiyama has long been a popular location for hanami (flower viewing); its banks and the lower sections of the mountain are covered with beautiful cherry trees, which burst into life in April.
Mid 19th century
Height: 8cm Width: 5.1cm Depth: 2.1cm
Provenance: Ex-Swedish Rear Admiral, Sten Ankarcrona (1861–1936)
Published: Eskenazi London (1996), Japanese Inro and Lacquer-ware from a Private Swedish Collection, number 45, pages 46–47
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