unsigned ivory four-case inro

19th century

red lacquer ebi

height 3 3/4 in., 9.6 cm

an unusual inro decorated with a large tsuishu (carved red lacquer) crayfish wrapping around the ivory cases, the rough texture of the crustacean body contrasts with the polished legs and tentacles, the eyes of black lacquer, the ivory cases bearing a warm patina; with mustard-colored glass ojime

Edmund J. Lewis Collection

Exhibited and Published:
Shadows and Reflections; Japanese Lacquer Art from the Collection of Edmund J. Lewis, Honolulu Academy of Arts, 1996, cat. no. 61
Scholten Japanese Art Exhibition Catalogue 2000, New York, September 2000, no. 52



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December 1, 2022

Scholten Japanese Art
145 West 58th Street, suite 6D
New York, New York 10019
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