A pair of four-case inros, late 17th/mid 18th Century.

6.7cm by 5.1cm by 1.9cm.

These inros, or small containers, are an example of items traditionally made for domestic use, but which were later found on the export market. They are decorated with scenes of pavilions in anonymous landscapes, a form of decoration used typically for the export market. Domestically, they would have hung from the obi, or sash, of a kimono and would have contained cosmetics, perfumes or medecines in the small compartments, fulfilling a practical, rather than a purely ornamental role.


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