A four-case inro, 18th Century.

7cm.

This inro, decorated with a rustic design in relief, would have been destined originally for the domestic market, but was subsequently exported. It is  recorded that in the second half of the seventeenth century, the Batavia office of the Dutch East Indies Company requested the Nagasaki trading factory to fill the drawers of exported large chests with small, light lacquer objects, such as this.

 

REFERENCE: JWA09059

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