Inrô with design of thatched hut, 18th–19th century
Lacquer; ojime: pewter; netsuke: ivory; inrô: H. 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm), W. 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm), D. 9/16 in. (1.5 cm); netsuke: H. 1 in. (2.5 cm), W. 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm), D. 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm)
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (29.100.841)
Decorated with a combination of lacquer techniques in silver and gold, the inrô in the shape of a thatched hut bears the signature of Koami Shinsaburo. The ivory netsuke, signed by ôhara Mitsuhiro, depicts one of the Seven Gods of Good Luck known as Hotei. A rotund, jolly figure, Hotei's attributes often include a fan and a bag to carry his treasures.