A fine Shibayama-inlaid gold lacquer sheath inro
Late 19th century
The saya in the form of a tsuba bearing a rich kinji ground elaborately decorated in typical Shibayama style with an Otsu-e scene of Fuji musume and Oni no nenbutsu, the reverse similarly embellished with a humorous scene of another oni and three rats pulling an aghast Daikoku standing atop his treasure sack, the sides and the apertures of the sheath inlaid in rich okibirame; the oval gold lacquer inro containing two compartments decorated in togidashi and e-nashiji with variously patterned brocades, with a pierced and engraved shibuichi ojime and a gold lacquer netsuke in the form of a thatched hut, signed Kajikawa saku, with wood storage box. 9½cm (3¾in) high. (2).