Japan in Miniature

A Gift of Inro, Ojime, and Netsuke

Edited by Heinz and Else Kress

Japan in Miniature

Edited by Heinz and Else Kress

Distributed for Hirmer Publishers

240 pages | 150 color plates | 9 1/2 x 11 3/4 | © 2019
Cloth $49.95 ISBN: 9783777431437 Published February 2019 For sale in Canada, Mexico, and the USA only
An inrō is a traditional Japanese case made to hang from the sash of a kimono to hold identity seals and medicine. Consisting of a stack of tiny, nested boxes, the inrō is suspended from the waist with the help of a netsuke, an ornamental button, and is held together with an ojime, a bead to fasten the boxes together. Inrō were made of a variety of materials, including wood, ivory, and bone, and were beautifully decorated with lacquer.
            This glittering volume presents a private collection of inrō, ojime, and netsuke that were donated to the Museum for Lacquer Art in 2017. These small ornamental objects present enchanting scenes of plants, animals, literary characters, historical scenes, and famous landscapes—thus presenting an image of Japan in miniature.

 
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