山田常嘉斎作 木蓮オウム蒔絵螺鈿印籠 Inrō with Cockatoo and Magnolia
Yamada Jōkasai (Japanese, 1811–1879)
Edo period (1615–1868)
Red lacquer ground with gold maki-e, carved red lacquer, and mother-of-pearl inlay
Netsuke: poppy; ivory
Ojime: roundels; red and green lacquer in wood
3 5/8 x 1 13/16 x 1 3/16 in. (9.2 x 4.6 x 3 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1913
Not on view
Inrō are small containers with multiple chambers for holding medicinal herbs, seals, and other small items. They are worn suspended from a sash by means of small toggles that are known as netsuke. Use of inrō, which developed in lieu of pockets in traditional Japanese clothing, flourished from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century. The signature on the bottom of this example reads "Jōkasai," a reference to any one of a number of artists in the Yamada family, active after the late seventeenth century, who used that name.
Signature: Signed: Jōkasai
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Immortals and Sages: Fusuma Paintings from Ryoan-Ji and the Lore of China in Japanese Art," 1993.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Mother-of-Pearl: A Tradition in Asian Lacquer," December 2, 2006–April 1, 2007.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Birds in the Art of Japan," February 2, 2013–July 28, 2013.
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