Inrō with Tanabata Story of the Weaver and the Herdboy

Artist: Nomura Kyūkoku (Japanese, active first half of the 19th century)
Period: Edo period (1615–1868)
Date: active first half of the19th century
Culture: Japan
Medium: Three cases; lacquered wood with gold hiramaki-e and ivory inlay on mother-of-pearl ground; Netsuke: carved ivory; flowers and grasses with silver butterflies; Ojime: silver and gold quail in autumn grasses
Dimensions: Overall (inro): H. 3 7/8 in. (9.8 cm); W. 2 11/16 in. (6.9 cm); D. 13/16 in. (2 cm) Overall (netsuke): H. 11/16 in. (1.7 cm); Diam. 1 11/16 in. (4.3 cm) Overall (ojime): H. 9/16 in. (1.5 cm); W. 9/16 in. (1.4 cm)
Classification: Inrō
Credit Line: Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913
Accession Number: 14.40.878a, b

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