A rare black lacquer five-case inro Late 18th/early 19th century
Lot 336*
A rare black lacquer five-case inro Late 18th/early 19th century
Sold for £20,000 (US$ 32,206) inc. premium

Lot Details
A rare black lacquer five-case inro Late 18th/early 19th century
A rare black lacquer five-case inro
Late 18th/early 19th century
Of upright form, bearing a roiro ground, lacquered with an audience watching a Noh drama taking place during a festival in the forecourt of Kofukuji, with cartouches inscribed with the names of the actors such as Konparu, Konko and Hosho, the large audience seated within wooden fencing, separated from the actors and their attendants, two attendants lighting small bonfires before the raised stage and other members of the crowd milling about below, all in gold and slight-coloured takamakie, the interior of nashiji, unsigned. 9.8cm (3 7/8in).

Footnotes

  • 興福寺薪御能図蒔絵印籠 無銘 18世紀後期/19世紀前期

    The Noh performance performed outdoors by the light of bonfires is called Takigi-no. It originated from the practice of burning sacred wood (takigi) at the Shunie ceremony at Kofukuji temple in Nara. During the Muromachi period (1333-1568) such performances took place at Kofukuji and at the Kasuga Jinja shrine in Nara, where they are still staged each year in May.
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