A gold and black lacquer four-case inro By Yamada Jokasai, 19th century
Lot 287*
A gold and black lacquer four-case inro By Yamada Jokasai, 19th century
Sold for £2,500 (US$ 4,154) inc. premium
Lot Details
A gold and black lacquer four-case inro
By Yamada Jokasai, 19th century
The ground of fundame, shading to roiro, lacquered to one side with a crow perched on a tree branch, and to the other with a heron flying over irregular paving and rocks, in gold, silver and slight-coloured takamakie with details of e-nashiji and kirikane, the interior of nashiji, signed Jokasai.
8.2cm (3¼in).

Footnotes

  • 鴉に鷺図蒔絵印籠 銘「常嘉齋」 19世紀

    Provenance: a Swedish private collection.

    Published: Japanese Inro and Lacquerware from a private Swedish collection, Eskenazi Ltd., London, 1996, no.7.

    The design is probably a reference to a poem by Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), composed in 1679.

    Kare-eda ni
    karasu no tomarikeri
    aki no kure


    On a withered branch
    a crow came to rest
    Autumn dusk

    The poem is unusual in that it contains two extra syllables in the second line, suggesting the weight of the crow as it bends the withered branch.
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