Inrō in the Shape of a Tobacco Case (tabako-ire) with Flowering Plum
Attributed to Matsuda Sukenaga (Japanese, 1800–1871)
Edo period (1615–1868)
early–mid 19th century
Lacquer, carved wood imitating leather, gold metal clasp; Interior: plain
H. 3 1/16 in. (7.7 cm); W. 1 15/16 in. (5 cm); D. 1 1/8 in. (2.8 cm)
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Not on view
Matsuda Sukenaga, a craftsman of the Hida school of netsuke carvers, cleverly carved and lacquered this inrō to imitate the appearance of a leather tobacco case. Lacquer artists often liked to test their skills by imitating textures of other materials.
Edward C. Moore , New York (until d. 1891; bequeathed to MMA).