A Four-case Inro with Parrot, Lacquerware

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A four-case inro with gold lacquer ground, decorated in hiramaki-e and takamaki-e.

Date: 19th century
Size: (H) 9.3 x (W) 5.8 (D) 2.0 cm

Original Japanese antique.

The interior is in nashi-ji lacquer. One side shows a parrot perched on a branch, surrounded by peony flowers. Also known as the ‘King of Flowers’, the peony is a Japanese flower that is used as a symbol of good fortune, bravery, and honour. Usually known as talkative birds, parrots are a symbol of 'telling the truth'. Paired with peony flowers, this inro must have been a treasured possession showing the frank personality of its owner.

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Dimensions (H) 9.3 x (W) 5.8 (D) 2.0 cm
Condition Report Chipped lacquer on the edge of the cases. Wear on the edges. Restoration on one of the cord channels (bottom).
Product Date 19th century