A rare green lacquer five-case inro
The inro by Koma Kansai, 19th century, the netsuke by Masanao of Yamada, Ise, early 19th century
The ground of green powder over black, lacquered with the san sukumi (the three creeping things), snake, snail and frog, among bamboo leaves in naturalistically-coloured takamakie with gold lacquer details, the interior of nashiji and kinji, signed Koma Kansai tsukuru; with copper and brass ojime of a frog on a folded lotus leaf; and a boxwood netsuke of a snake coiled around a frog, squeezing the life out of the amphibian, their eye pupils inlaid, signed Masanao.
9.8cm (3 7/8in).
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