Asian Art

Inrö with Stylized Characters for Prosperity and Longevity

19th century

Inro: gold lacquer ground on wood with pigment, decoration in nashiji and kirikane, and inlay of mother-of-pearl and gunmetal; netsuke: ivory with metal and wire inlay; ojime: carnelian

3 3/4 × 2 in. (9.5 × 5.1 cm)
Bequest of Florence Baiz van Volkenburgh in memory of her husband Thomas Sedgwick van Volkenburgh, B.A. 1866
1940.248
Geography: 
Japan
Culture: 
Japanese
Period: 
Edo period (1615–1868)
Classification: 
Containers - Lacquer
Provenance: 

Florence Baiz van Volkenburgh (died 1940), New York, NY; bequest in 1940 to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

Sadako Ohki, “Japanese Art at Yale,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2007): 32–33, ill.

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