Inro – Legend of Chorio at the river I
A four case inro depicting the legend of Chorio at the river I. Chorio knelt down on the banks of the river I under pine trees. He offers Hwang Shi Kung his lost shoe. On the verso Hwang Shi Kung sat upon his mule with a scroll in hand looking down from the bridge upon Chorio. In the river below the bridge lies a dragon, as is common with this legend and presumably symbolic of a heroic act.
Both Chorio and Hwag Shi Kung are rendered in fine Shibuichi metal work. The shore and sky are in Takamakie with uniformed gold Kirikane squares. The pine trees and bridge posts are formed of gold and Rogin-Nuri hiramakie. The waves, bridge and dragon are in different shades of gold Togidashi with red highlights applied to the dragon’s head.
Signed to the base Kajikawa with a red pot seal.
For another inro bearing the same design from the Kajikawa school see “Barry Davies One Hundred Selected Masterpieces” plate 19
For a detailed account of the legend of Chorio and Hwag Shi Kung encounter see “Legend In Japanese Art” by Henry L. Jolly.
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