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).
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