An unusual red lacquer two-case inro in the form of a presentation noshi awabi 19th century
Lot 305
An unusual red lacquer two-case inro in the form of a presentation noshi awabi 19th century
Sold for £16,800 (US$ 27,774) inc. premium
Lot Details
An unusual red lacquer two-case inro in the form of a presentation noshi awabi
19th century
Formed of long thin strips of simulated awabi (abalone) wrapped in decorative paper, lacquered on the red ground with various formal patterns, imitating brocade designs in gold and coloured togidashi, the lining showing on the front of dulled gold and silver fundame and the interior of nashiji, unsigned.
11.7cm (4 5/8in).

Footnotes

  • 熨斗形蒔絵印籠 無銘 19世紀

    Provenance: purchased at Glendining & Co., London, 1964.
    Wrangham collection, no.346.

    Exhibited: The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 1972, no.113.

    In ancient times the noshi awabi was originally a symbolic gift offered to the Goddess Amaterasu in Ise shrine to ensure longevity and happiness; it was also presented to warriors returning victorious after a battle. In modern times the same auspicious message is transmitted via a paper noshi attached to a gift.
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