Inro – Twelve Animals of the Zodiac
Inro – Twelve Animals of the Zodiac

Inro – Twelve Animals of the Zodiac

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A bold and unusual four case inro in the shape of a pouch tied with a gold rope in takamaki, with each animal of the Zodiac shown against its own circular cartouche. The bottom half of the ground is rendered in a dense gold gyobu and the top, leafy tendrils are rendered in gold hiramaki.

The front from top to bottom shows a boar inlaid in metal, a recumbent goat, a tiger shown as a wooden wheeled child’s toy, a pair of dogs depicted as inubariko, a performing monkey and a cockerel.  To the verso a dragon amongst swirling clouds, a fine snake inlaid metal sat under pine trees, rats feeding on rice, two rabbits playing, an ox under a shelter and a horse tied to a tree.

Interior compartments of nashiji and fundame

Signed Kofu Saku - Tobe Kofu (1888-1965).



Illustrated in the Sleeping beauties collection, Tokyo 2004, no 35, page 45

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