A gold lacquer and metal-inlaid two-case inro
By Higashiyama Motonobu, late 19th century
Of oval form, bearing a rich nashiji and kinji ground, inlaid with a Yamabushi priest carrying a huge conch shell containing the resting figure of Sojobo, the tengu king, the reverse with two running tengu, all embellished in gold, copper, shakudo and shibuichi takazogan, the landscape background of gold takamakie with details of e-nashiji and kirikane, the interior of nashiji, signed Motonobu; with an ojime of shakudo and shibuichi in the form of a drum with a curled dragon in gilt relief to one side; and a kagamibuta, the ivory bowl with shibuichi plate, inlaid in high relief with Benkei reading the Kanchinko letter in gold, silver, copper, signed Hiroaki.
9.3cm (3 5/8in).
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