Inrô with fireflies 蛍 with matching netsuke

Price:  4.200,00

A lacquered 4-piece inrô 印籠 with a covering design of fireflies 蛍 (hotaru) flying over helms of grass and around a lantern 行燈 (andon), shining attractively for the fireflies. Surrounded by rims embellished with a scrolling vine design (karakusa).

Executed in golden hiramaki-e 平蒔絵 (low-relief lacquer design) and takamaki-e 高蒔絵 (high-relief lacquer design) with small red accents on the wings and kirigane 切金, (cut and inlaid pieces of gold leaf) at the tails of the fireflies to accentuate the ‘light’ they exude. Set on a glossy black lacquer background.

The compartmentalized interior coated with nashiji 梨子地 (sprinkled gold lacquer)finished with fundame rims 粉溜地 (matt gold lacquer).
Laced with purple silk cords, with a brown glass bead ojime 緒締め, and 2-part manjû netsuke 饅頭根付 showcasing, on both sides, a herd of oxen at a winding river.

Signed at the bottom of the inrô: ‘Yôyûsai’羊遊斎 with kao. After the 18th century lacquer artist Hara Yôyûsai, but not by his hand.

Height 8.0 cm, Width 6.2 cm, Depth 2.6 cm.
Diameter 1.6 cm.
Diameter 3.8 cm, Depth 1.5 cm.

Period: Japan – Meiji period (1868-1912).

In very good original condition with some signs of wear conform age. Please see the photos for reference to its condition.

When shipped we will add a certificate of authenticity.
Price including insured shipping.

Ref. No. : B4576-1d bg24


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