An incredibly intricate and fine four-case inrō in the form of a tied-up tiered box used for the kai-awase shell-matching game. The cords are meticulously lacquered to represent real strings, down to the reproduction of each cord’s individual threads. This refinement is present throughout the design, with the scene of pines trees, bamboo, blossoms and bright gold clouds all rendered in a brilliantly detailed fashion without becoming too busy or fussy.
The kai-awase shell-matching game was frequently a part of a bride’s trousseau, as it symbolises faithfulness. An inrō with this pattern as well as family mon (emblem), which adorns the bottom case, indicates that it may itself be intended as a wedding gift.
Height: 6.7 cm
Signed: Kyoryu, with red lacquer seal
Ex-collection: Virginia Atchley, CA (1976).
Ex-collection: Brooksie Koopman, VA.
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