A Four-case Inro with Parrot, Lacquerware, 19th century
A four-case inro with gold lacquer ground, decorated in hiramaki-e and takamaki-e. The interior is in nashi-ji lacquer.
Date: 19th century
Size: (H) 9.3 x (W) 5.8 (D) 2.0 cm
Original Japanese antique.
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.
|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).|
|Subject||Animal & Birds|
|Product Date||19th century|