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Inrō in the Shape of a Tobacco Case (tabako-ire) with Flowering Plum

Artist:
Attributed to Matsuda Sukenaga (Japanese, 1800–1871)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
early–mid 19th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Lacquer, carved wood imitating leather, gold metal clasp; Interior: plain
Dimensions:
H. 3 1/16 in. (7.7 cm); W. 1 15/16 in. (5 cm); D. 1 1/8 in. (2.8 cm)
Classification:
Inrō
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
91.1.717
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).
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